Apparently this author develops her stories from legends and fleshes them out. Many legends do have some truths in them and she has done research about real characters and made them human. The story is also interesting because the reader learns about American history in a small area of the country., taking place after the Civil War in West Virginia. The reader also learns about the history of the racial relations in the 1930 part. Jim Crow laws in full effect. The mental hospital for persons of color was separate but NOT equal.