Deep in Appalachian coal country, Ella grows up hard at the hands of her abusive, alcoholic father. After high school, she’s asked out on her very first date, and it ends in rape. Then she meets Paul, the man she will marry — and the real trouble begins.
Each time Ella is knocked down she gets up a little stronger and a bit more twisted. Eventually rage takes over and it’s her turn to call the dance. In her mind, several people need payback, and she’s going all out to settle up.