In 1976, nine men from the all-black community of Ruby, Oklahoma attack a former convent on the edge of town, which is the refuge of four female outcasts. Various tragedies that have struck the townspeople motivate the assault, which is… intended to purge and protect the community. But it also reveals dark secrets leading back to the town's origins in the 1890's. Bestseller. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language.