Janie, returns to a town called Eatonville. As she walked through the town barefoot and looking dirty, everyone stared and made snide comments towards her.
After being forced to marry a man, and live the life of a farmer's wife for many years, a strange man comes up to her land and intoduces himself. He had wanted her to meet him at the end of the road the next day if she wanted to leave this life. She then met him the next day and left her husband.
After falling in love, and marrying eachother they find land for sale. When he purchases the land they decide to build an all colored town, and named it Eatonville. After becoming the mayor, he becomes abusive and controlling. After years of building the town, he becomes very sick abd eventually dies. About a year later a young man comes in and they start forming a very close relationship.
After falling in love with eachother, they decided to leave and work together. They hitch-hiked to different places, and fell madly in love. They found a little town, and found a cabin that they stayed in. One day, a rough thunderstorm was on its way and the whole town fled except for TK and Janie. They had made a wrong decision for the whole town was flooded. Janie has lost TK, when she found him he was drowning. When she tried to help him up out of the water a dog attacked him.
After becoming severally sick because of rebees, TK becomes very suicidal. He keeps a gun under the pillow, and Janie becomes woried. After trying to shoot Janie even after taking all but one bullet out, she starts trying to calm him by talking to him. He comes after her, and she shoots. After realizing she has killed him she makes her way back to Eatonville, and then the flashback is over and comes back to present day.
The characters use of dialect, or colloquialism, impacts the story by giving it a southern aspect. Their form of lanuguage shows that they are all southern and that they grew up speaking differently from everyone else. The use of dialect also helps to assert what time period they are in. Their use of words hints that they are likely uneducated. It helps to show authenticity.