Tom Powell's obsession is easy to understand. He's a workaholic who hoards time and money. Ginny Peace's is less predictable. She's a dedicated "holy roller" who finds herself blissfully transported by Pentecostal preaching. That she loses control of her dignity, that she speaks "in tongues", that she is "saved", seem to her a blessing and to Tom a disgrace. Ginny, who marries Tom at the turn of the century after her family has given up on her ever marrying, narrates The Truest Pleasure - the story of their life together on her father's farm in the western North Carolina mountains.