Big Ma, Stacey, Cassie, and TJ are heading to Strawberry, Mississippi to take care of some errands.
Big Ma told Cassie, Stacey, and TJ to stay put in the wagon (truck), while she went into Wade W. Jamison, Attorney-at-Law building.
Disobeying Big Ma, Cassie, Stacey, and TJ did not stay in the wagon. Instead they went down to the market. TJ showed Cassie and Stacey the gun he wanted.
The kids decided to help Big Ma by getting all of the things on her list. They went to Mr. Barnett's store. Mr. Barnett was not acknowledging the kid's order. Cassie thought that this was not right and confronted him about it
While walking on the sidewalk, Cassie bumps into Lillian Jean, Jeremy's older sister. Their two younger brothers were there as well. Lillian Jean was yelling at Cassie telling her to apologize for bumping into her, but she wouldn't.
Soon, Mr. Simms showed up demanding that Cassie says sorry to Lillian. Big Ma tells Cassie to say it, but Cassie doesn't understand why she has to say it. Finally she says it and runs back to wagon claiming that it was the worst day of her life.