A Squarecutter Production
It is early in the 1920's in the American Midwest.
You live in a rural area but not on a farm. You have a modest frame house on the edge of the city and you work as a clerk for the city hardware store. Your spouse supplements things by selling eggs and making jams and jellies for the local general store. The two of you are just barely able to provide and there is no money for anything extra.
Your 11 year old son disappeared early today supposedly on his way to school. He didn't attend school or do his his chores. You notice his chores are not complete and the young lady next door has just asked why Tommy wasn't at school and says she hopes he isn't sick. You are about to set out searching. Your spouse was about to put to put the evening meal on the table but is waiting on the results of your search. Tommy enters the yard.
He tells you he hired himself out and was working for old farmer Grimes and hands you his earnings telling you he knows money is tight.
Is Tommy coming in for dinner or is it a trip to the woodshed?