Taking place in the South during the 1930s Depression, the film follows the exploits of three recent prison escapees who become wanted after a string of bank robberies. The hapless criminals--Bowie (Keith Carradine), Chicamaw (John Schuck), and T-Dub--shack up at the home of Dee Mobley (Tom Skerritt), where Bowie falls in love with Dee's daughter Keechie (Shelley Duvall). Soon, Keechie in tow, the foursome settles at Mattie's (Louise Fletcher) house. Eventually, Bowie and Keechie move in together and struggle to maintain their relationship while Chicamaw and T-Dub do their best to stay out of trouble, but before they can perform one final robbery, the law threatens to put them out of commission. (official distributor synopsis)