Though a fierce snowstorm rages on Manhattan's Midtown streets, nothing can dampen the excitement inside the Pierre Hotel ballroom. Hunt clubs from all over North America have gathered for their annual gala, and nobody is in higher spirits than "Sister" Jane, Master of the Jefferson Hunt in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. Braving the foul weather, Sister and her young friend "Tootie" Harris go to a nearby tobacco shop and find themselves regaled by the colorful stories of its eccentric proprietor, Adolfo Galdos.