The novel is set on the Marshall Plantation in Bayonne Louisiana, a fictional setting. Beau Baton is the Cajun work boss there. Just before the beginning of the novel, he is murdered.
Candy Marshall is also a partial owner of the plantation. She is also the general overseer. She is the one who discovers Beau’s dead body outside Mathu’s house. Candy quickly makes a belief that Mathu killed Beau, but Mathu is her foster father and she thinks that she must protect him at any cost.
Quick Guide: A Gathering of Old Men
Chapter One: Introduction
Chapter Two: Plot Overview
Chapter Three: Characters
Chapter Four: Complete Summary
Chapter Five: Critical Analysis