IT'S A ROMP IN THE SWAMP OF HISTORIC PROPORTIONS
During an exposé of elderly residents at Our Lady of Sorrows, Times-Picayune reporter Jimmie Rains meets Bill Valencourt. Bill tells him how he dumped his high school girlfriend, Anne Marie Laveau, for soiled swamp dove, Ariel. She worked at his ill-tempered uncle’s bordello in Bayou Cove. Anne Marie vows revenge.
When a wife catches her husband at Eustace’s bordello, the ensuing fight leaves the house of ill repute destroyed. Bill joins the Army and fights with General Patton’s Third Army. After the war, Ariel and Bill move to Amsterdam where they ply the sex trade of the Red-Light District.
After a tragic accident, Bill returns to Bayou Cove. His grand Cajun House of Pleasure opens in 1951. During the fifties, his best girls include a one-legged former trapeze artist Peggy and Helen, the Red-Haired Hellion. His resident barfly, Top Shelf, has a penchant for dismantling WFUX anchor Rich Bastärd’s Buick Roadmaster.
Tragedies round out the 1950s. Hurricane Audrey, a pregnant employee, Ariel’s ghost, his father’s death and a fire destroys the pleasure house. Bill sets up shop again, in a double wide mobile home and six travel trailers. While a lovelorn Officer Ambeauxpeaux, of the Louisiana State Police Department, chases Hurricane Gussy at every turn, Bill is tormented by Ariel’s ghost. Even an exorcism doesn’t help. She launches a deadly tornado and obliterates Bayou Cove.