Caney Paxton is a Vietnam veteran who wanted his cafe, The Honk and Holler, to have the biggest and brightest sign in Eastern Oklahoma. Twelve years later, the once-busy highway is dead, and the sign is as worn as Caney, who hasn't ventured outside the diner since it opened. The regulars at the Honk haven't changed much either. Then one blustery day, a thirtyish Crow woman blows in with a dog in her arms and a long-buried secret on her mind. Vena Takes Horse is soon shaking up business, the locals, and Caney's heart.