Ma has Billie Jo right on the kitchen floor because the doctor was too late and Billie Jo was coming out fast.
Billie Jo and her class mates had to go to school during the dust storm and they had to take a test with the dust in their school. All kids were coughing and getting sick
Billie Jo's life changes dramatically as a result of a horrific accident a pail of kerosene is laid next to the stove. Thinking it is a pail of water; The kerosene immediately catches fire The pail of flaming kerosene splashes onto her mother, who is right in its path. Her mother suffers from severe burns.
Billie Jo plays piano again in a competition and wins third place. She was in a lot of pain after playing the piano because of her burnt hands, but she said the applause from the audience made her forget about the pain.
Billy jo notices her father has spots on his skin that look just like his fathers cancer, Billie Jo decides to leave before her father leaves her. She is afraid her dad will die of the cancer. Billy jo come back home though because of a conversation with a hobo on the train.
Billie Jo´s father meets a women named Louise. She is a teacher that teaches at the night school he attends . Louise becomes a very special person in his life, that Billie Jo soon accepts.