True Cross : At first glance, Paul Tatum appears to be just a harmless accountant. Whether it's tax evasion, a propensity to gossip, or plain old spousal abuse, his clients' worst antics do little more than strengthen his own smug sense of superiority. He is unable to connect with himself or anyone around him, even a stray dog...except for Stoney. Paul's idiosyncratic neighbor and kindred soul, Stoney, is the local fix-it man and the one person in town who is even more of a recluse than Paul. Their friendship consists mostly of nonverbal, manly companionship, but when the two become fixated on a local damsel in distress, Paul goads Stoney into an inexorable course of action with tragic consequences for all. Infused with Pearson's trademark blend of high humor and pensive melancholy, The Cross once again delivers the kind of spot-on portrayal of small-town life in the American South for which T. R. Pearson is famous.