The narrator's little brother, Doodle, is born with disabilities and health conditions. The narrator is unable to accept his brother's physical challenges.
The narrator told doodle he was gonna teach him how to walk.
One day during the summer, the family finds a scarlet ibis that dies. Doodle develops a connection with this bird.
On the last day of training, Doodle shows that he is too weak to continue training. The narrator is upset, and as they decide to go home, a thunderstorm rolls in. The narrator begins running home, Doodle, however, cannot keep up and calls out, “Brother don’t leave me.”
The narrator turns to go back to his brother, and finds him dead under a bush, in a similar position as the ibis.
The narrator recalls how his selfish pride killed Doodle.