A Punctual Paymaster travels 70 years through the secrets of the white Thanos family and the black Taylor family, twisted like strands of yarn woven together on a loom. Wealthy, powerful Nikkos Thanos owns a wool mill and almost everything else on the north side of Delphi, Missouri, and is the overseer of a fractured society. The brave, judicious Thaddeus "Cousin" Taylor owns a grocery store and a tavern on the south side and carries a past hauntingly shrouded in tragedy. Each man tries to shepherd his part of town through the turmoil of racism, the Depression, and war. With the passage of time, those roles are filled by Evangelina, Nikkos' beautiful and strong-willed daughter, and T. J., the grandson who worshipped Cousin. Forty-five years after high school, two friends, Ab and Grady, return for the funeral of their mentor, T. J., and walk into the middle of a mystery. They unweave the black and white threads that are the town's concealed, troubled past, revealing a tapestry of life and death, revenge and triumph.
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