It's historical fiction set in western Louisiana's Pineywoods during the late nineteenth century. As the Crow Flies is set around a true historical event, The Westport Fight of Christmas Eve 1881. This fight/feud changed the frontier area still known as Ten Mile.
The story is narrated by a fictional character, Missouri Cotton. She and her drifting family are in the area during the time of the Westport Fight. In an unforgettable voice and style, Missouri tells it as she remembers it.