The story begins with Janie as a starry-eyed 16-year-old, reeling after her first kiss, and progresses through her three marriages to very different men, until by the end she is a battered, widowed woman nearing 40 years old who has nevertheless finally experienced joy. After that fateful kiss, Nanny, her grandmother (Tonia M. Jackson), fears she will go astray and marries her off to a much older man named Logan Killicks (played to the undesirable hilt by Thomas Jefferson Byrd), who mainly wants a domestic servant. Janie soon runs off with a smooth-talking visitor named Jody Starks (Axel Avin Jr.) and spends the next two decades as his wife in Eatonville, where he runs a store and becomes mayor. But he regards her solely as a trophy and treats her with contempt. When Starks becomes ill and dies, Janie runs off once more (to the disapproval of the townsfolk). Her new husband is a roving, free-spirited gambler named Tea Cake (a mischievous, winning Brooks Edward Brantly). He lives from moment to moment, and in wooing her talks of dreams and proposes adventures, like going fishing at night. This time, it’s love, and believably so.