The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is a story told by three sisters that takes place in a small community in Ellisville, Mississippi, in the Jones County--also known as the Free State of Jones. It begins with the birth of their mother and her siblings through their adulthood and departure from Mississippi. The center of the story was their mother and the life and time of being her children. She married at the age of seventeen. After finishing the eighth grade, she contemplated becoming a teacher, which was the requirement at that time for being an educator, but she decided that she would teach her own children. And that she did.