Joe

In order to provide for his destitute family of drifters, a likable, sincere, able-bodied 15-year-old boy comes to hire on among a burned-out ex-con&#39s group of aging forest laborers. As the man becomes more and more aware of the boy&#39s abusive home life, his deeply buried humanity is roused. Drinking and smoking incessantly to remain detached from his volatile temper, he finally takes the matter into his own hands - come what may - when the boy&#39s alcoholic father finally goes too far.