Bobbie Ann Mason's short story Shiloh tells the story of Leroy and Norma Jean Moffitt, a married couple that finds the fire in their relationship dwindling. Years ago, their son Randy died as an infant, and there has been a gap between the couple ever since. Leroy was used to spending weeks on the road as a truck driver, but an accident has him stuck at home more than he is used to. Leroy loves his wife, but he begins to think that those feelings aren't being reciprocated.
Candy is a novel about a very attractive but naive girl named Candy Christian and her farcical sexual adventures. After losing her virginity to the family gardener, Candy's father attacks him, fracturing his skull. While visiting him in the hospital, Candy nearly has sex with her Uncle Jack, and becomes involved with Dr. Krankeit. Later she is seduced by a peace activist, Crackers, and is sent on a spiritual journey in India. Finally, in a freak accident, Candy is trapped in a temple and discovers her father there with her.