Logan children start school. Stacey starts seventh grade and Cassie starts fourth grade. Christopher john is starting second grade and little man is the most excited only starting first grade and the beginning of his school career.
Little man is angry to find out that they only received books because they were so worn out that white schools did not want them, the was more offended by the offensive chart which showed this however and at the fact that it described his people offensively.
David Logan, the father, comes home early. The children are excited to see him because he works very far and does not visit often. This joy is soon to end when they learn that he is leaving Sunday evening because he might risk losing his job.
David Logan doe snot arrive alone to the Logan does not arrive alone to the Logan land, he brings in what he says is a new helper, Mr.Morrison, He explains that Mr.Morrison will help and work the land and will also help protect the family since he cant be there all the time to do it himself.
It was now the raining season of October. The rain made the Logan children's hard journey to school even harder. Not only this but now Little man would get even more angry at the fact that he knew he would get his clothes dirty, all because of a bus. The bus would never stop for them on the road or even slow down which caused for their clothes to get dust or even mud all over them. This was because their school could simply not afford a bus so they were constantly getting looked down by those who had the comfort of the bus each day, the white kids.
Late October 1933
Tired of the mistreatment from both the bus drivers and the students who drive the bus, the Logan children plan a revenge. The dug a hole in the road which the bus takes and filled it with water so the bus would get stuck there. This works and as a result the kids are now forced to walk to school.
Stacey is furious at Tj after finding out that he tried to cheat on his moms test. Not only this but in the end Stacey got blamed for it. Tj goes to The Wallace store trying to escape Stacey but Stacey along with his siblings follow. They had been warned not to go but go anyways and Stacey begins to fight , however, this is broken up by Mr.Morrison
After hearing of the kids journey to the Wllace store, Momma takes the kids visit the Berrys. The Berrys were burned by the Wallaces themselves. They learn that no one had done anything about this despite everyone knowing it was done by them.
Big Ma takes the children to Strawberry to help her sell. She takes Stacey, T.J,, and Cassie with her. It is Cassies first time going . During this time she learn about how people view her kind and how people treat people that look like her. She is really upset when they are constantly ignored by the clerk and stands up to him only to get insulted.
Cassie was forced to apologize o Lillian Jean over a simple accident. Cassie feels humiliated after this and her hope is gone. She finally sees how her people are treated and why.
Cassie tells Uncle Hammer about the way Mr.Simms treated her and he gets really mad about that. He is furious about it and wants to take action but Mary Logan urges him to be calm and wait for David.
Mr.Morrison was talking down Uncle Hammer because he wanted to do something to Mr.Simms which is most likely hurting him and when driving by the Wallace store he threatened to burn it down.
Big Ma was mad because the coat didn't fit Stacey no more and it was a nice family gift.
Mr.Morrison tells a story on how the night men killed his family with a sword on christmas and his mom saved him by throwing him out the window to get out of the fire
Cassie chases Lillian Jean into the wood and beats her up and forces her to apoligize about the strawberry event
Spring of 1933
Spring of 1933
They fired Mama from her teaching job because she passed the racist charts and was teaching things the county didnt say to.
David is going to take Stacey with him to Vicksburg to try and make him more mature. Stacey is going to turn thirteen in a month and Davis wants to take him to his business to get to know how to take care of it when he isnt around, David also wants Stacey to be able to take care of himself.
Mr. Morrison takes Cassie and the other Logan children to the Wigginses house. On their way there, a pickup truck stops them and Kaleb Wallace is the driver. He is angry that Mr. Morrison hurt his brothers (which happened at the same time Papa hurt his leg). When Kaleb Wallace refuses to move the car. Mr.Morrison then picks up the car with his bare strength
Mr. Morrison and Papa go to Strawberry to pay the August mortgage. The two come back with worse news, they have to borrow money from Uncle Hammer and their credit is no longer good in Strawberry.
In Vicksburg, Stacey, David, and Mr. Morrison try to put a wheel back on. As they were doing that, a truck pulled up on them. None of them heard it because of the rain and thunder, that was when Papa then got and fell back. Jack was frightened and reared up. Stacey tried to hold him but couldn't, and Papa's leg got ran over in the end.
Early August, 1934
Early August, 1934
Early August, 1934
Early August, 1934
Cassie hears a taping at their door and she opens it, and it's T.J. He is badly hurt and he tells Cassie that R.W. and Melvin were the ones that hurt him. Earlier that night, the trio wanted to get a pistol that T.J wanted from Mr. Barnetts store. Mr. Barnett caught them stealing, but R.W hit him and he fell to the ground. The trio then escaped and T.J threatened to tell everyone what the two of them had done. R.W and Melvin didn't want that to happen so they beat T.J and left him in the back of their truck.
The other Logan Children wake up and help T.J get home. When they brought T.J, several cars pull u on them. The people in the cars were the Simms, the Wallaces, and other white mena nd demanded T.J to come out. Cassie and the Logan Children watch as R.W and Melvin smash their way into the house and drag out Mr and Mrs Avery, their daughters, and Claude. They finally find T.J and he is even more beaten than before.
When Cassie and the boys got back home, big Ma, Mama, and Mr. Morisson are waiting to her the news. Then Papa charged into the room with a leather strap and before he can start whipping, Cassie tells him everything about hat had happened. After hearing all of it, Papa gets his gun an gets ready to split. Cassie then smells a fire and then sees that the cotton was on fire and there are many people out there fighting the fire,
Mr. Jamison tries to stop the situation with the Wallaces by blocking their car. They were about to take off with T.J, but then the smoke started coming from Mr. Grangers forest. Mr. Granger orders the Wallaces to give T.J to Mr. Jamison and to go and help put out the fire. Mr. Jamison, coming from Strawberry, tells Papa and Mr. Morrison that Mr. Barnett has died from injuries. Papa then goes to tell Cassie and Stacey that T.J is in jail and could end up on the Chain gang or worse.