The story starts out where we begin with a teenage boy is about to commit a crime for a selfish need. The boys name is roger and he decides to strike a woman large and in-charge. The woman's name is Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones.
After Roger made the mistake of trying to steal for Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones. She decides to discipline Roger by integrating of why he decides to resort to stealing, and he explains that he has no one to take care of him.
At the end of the story what happens is Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones had confronted Roger about his wrongs and his rights on what happening towards him at the end of the story then she lets Roger have 10 $ to get the new pair of shoes.