During his twenties Iry Paret took life easy and cool, playing guitar in honky-tonk bars in south Louisiana, boozing it up whenever possible, and trying to stay away from trouble. But trouble found him one night when he killed a man in a barroom fight and was later convicted of manslaughter. Iry has just been paroled after serving two years in the state prison at Angola. Hoping to reorder his life, he decides to sever all ties to his past and strike out for new parts. ‘I think I’m just going to roll, Ace, ‘ he says to his straitlaced brother, and piling into his father’s old pickup, he heads west.