In the 20th-century North Carolina saw a meeting of agriculture and industry, which gave rise to a hybrid occupation called farmer/peddler. Industry created ways for farmers to peddle their products, thereby raising the farmers' standards of living.
Wilkes County native Otis \"Otto\" Wood is one of the more colorful and famous lawbreakers in the state. His exploits, one of which was the murder of a popular Greensboro store owner, inspired the ballad \"Otto Wood the Bandit.\"
Lau traces the history of women potters in North Carolina, drawing on the lives of Dorothy Cole Auman and Nell Cole Graves. Graves, a Seagroves native, was the first woman potter in the eastern Piedmont pottery community.
As other small, locally owned businesses in the Stokes County town of Walnut Cove were being forced to close by the arrival of chain stores, Bob O'Deere bucked the odds and opened Town Fork Produce, which is thriving as a vital part of the community.