Joseph Edwards earned his first university diploma in French Language and Civilization from the University of Lyon, France in 1965. He later did graduate studies in both Romance Languages and philosophy at The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He earned a juris doctorate from the University of Toledo, Ohio and an LLM in international and comparative law from the University of Brussels, Belgium. He grew up in eastern North Carolina and now lives on a farm in middle Tennessee. He practices law and his practice is currently limited to federal criminal defense.
The people of a county in the southern Appalachian highlands have looked to Judge Jonathan Steadings to administer justice and keep the peace among the Cherokee, the Negroes, and the white folk on their mountain for more than two decades, but when a prominent member of the community commits an unspeakable evil against a young black musician, the judge cannot give the people the justice they seek.