May Lynn was an attractive sixteen-year-old with dreams of going to Hollywood.
One day a few of her friends are fishing and pull her body from their nets in the Sabine River in West Texas.
Sue Ellen lives by the river and she and her two best friends, Jinx, a colored girl, and Terry who thinks that he might be gay, decide to make May Lynn's dream come true. They want to dig up her body and take her ashes to Hollywood and spread out the ashes in the land of May Lynn's dreams.
While digging up the body, they find money hidden in a grave. Then, when they set out on a raft to travel down the Sabine River, there are people after them for the money.
The three are joined by Sue Ellen's mother who is trying to get out of a bad relationship. Along the river, various things happen and their travel is a central part of the story. In this, it reminded me of "Lonesome Dove," where Gus McCrae gets his friend Captain Woodrow Call, to bring his body to San Antonio after he died, so he could be at the place where he had the best moments in his life.
I enjoyed the manner in which the characters overcame their obstacles and how they learned more about each other along the way.
The concluding moments of the novel will enable the reader to catch their breath and nod in agreement that this is the only manner in which the story could have ended.
Along the trip down the Sabine River, the characters meet a family who have become hobos due to the Great Depression in Oklahoma. It would be good if the reader checked the history of this before reading the book.