In Chapter 1, Esperanza and Mama wait for Papa to come home from working around on the ranch. They are worried about Papa because of bandits.
In Chapter 3, The ranch is set on fire by Tio Luis. They are lucky to get out safely but they cannot find Abuelita. Miguel found Abuelita with her crochet needles and yarn.
In Chapter 4, Mama, Esperanza, Hortensia, Alfonso, and Miguel travel to the United States. Mama and Esperanza leave to get away from Tio Marco and Tio Luis, and to find work. Miguel, Hortensia, and Alfonso go to live with Alfonso's brother and to find work.