A local white farmer by the name of Beau Bouton has been shot dead. In this deeply racist society, the finger of suspicion immediately points at a black man called Mathu. Mathu's completely innocent of any crime, but in this neck of the woods that doesn't count for much. At that time and in that place it was disturbingly common for African Americans to be summarily lynched for various offenses, both real and imagined. So Mathu knows that his life is in serious danger here.
Candy's sympathetic to Mathu, and she realizes that the only way to save him from almost certain death is by rallying other African American men in the vicinity to his cause. Candy knows that there's safety in numbers, so she instructs Snookum to head on out and gather together a group of elderly black men to assemble at Mathu's house. Only by coming together and showing solidarity in the face of injustice and oppression will the men save not just Mathu's life, but also their own self-respect.