William "Bell Tree" Smith (1869-1908) was one of the most powerful, yet mysterious men of his generation in the backwoods of Cherokee County, Alabama. One of the richest men in Northeast Alabama and Northwest Georgia at the turn of the 19th/20th Century, Smith derived much of his wealth from an illegal liquor operation located "somewhere" on his vast estate near the Alabama-Georgia line. Customers who knew "the system" would follow a narrow path deep into the forest where they found a soap box nailed to the side of an oak tree. Here, they placed their order (and money) inside the box, rang a bell hanging from an overhead branch, and walked down the path to a bench to wait patiently. When they heard the bell ring, they knew it was time to pick up their liquor. The Bell Tree operation made Smith a very rich man, but there was also a dark side to his character. Was he the Victorian Era's Al Capone, or a deeply misunderstood man? This true story seeks to answer that question.