It's time to select the young ladies of Dorchester County, South Carolina, who will make their debuts to society in 1991. Prior to the selection meeting by the much revered Magnolia Ball Committee, we meet seven of the most powerful members and learn their secrets. Seven of the young ladies who are to be presented then bring their antics to the pages of this hilarious novel. As the lives of the committee members and the young ladies are interwoven, "come -heres"_people from outside Dorchester County _ arrive on the scene to create mayhem and intrigue. Prominent citizens and other locals become involved in the "come-heres'" cellular telehphone "business" and Dorchester County is exposed nationwide. Southern traditions, phrasing, foods, estates, foibles and genteel poverty are all explored in a delightful tongue in cheek trek through Dixie.