This book is takes place in Mississippi in 1933 and when the blacks and the whites goes to seprate school. The min character is Cassie Logan. Her mom is a teacher, but gets fired by Granger Harlan. T.J. Avery cheated in a history test and slipped the cheat sheet into Stacey Logan's desk when Ms. Logan came. Stacey got wipped and was really mad at T.J.
T.J. steals a purl pistol he always wanted from a store Mr. Barnett owns. It was really Melvin, and R.W. Avery's idea.When they were caught by Mr. Barnett the white kid killed Mr. Barnett and when T.J. said he was going home they beat him up. That late night, the Walleces came and took T.J., however there was a fire and Mr. Granger told all of them to stop the fire. The fire was really made by David Logan, dad of Cassie, and Mr. Morrison.
Cassie and her brothers, Stacey; Little Man; and Christopher - Jhon, never liked T.J. that much, but she cried in the end because he went to the Jail, even though he didn't kill Mr. Barnett. He was put into the chain Gang and he probably will die was what the dad told them.