Focusing on the work of Garland Bunting, a revenue agent, this book also "traces the decline of quality moonshine to the Prohibition years, when the sudden enormous demand for liquor of any kind transformed a parochial craft developed by the Scotch-Irish nearly 300 years ago into a big business. . . . Mr. Wilkinson relates the history, the chemistry and the mechanics of this vast enterprise, and the efforts by Government revenue agents to search out and destroy untaxed liquor and the apparatus used to make it.