In the very beginning we meets the Watsons. Mamma, Daddy, Kenny, Byron, and Joey. They live in Flint, Michigan.
There is a conflict when Kenny's "saviors" come on to the bus Larry Dunn makes fun of their southern accent. And the bus driver stands up for them, she even waits for them even though they were late to the bus, but hey it was their first day
The Watsons drive to Birmingham, Alabama, to drop off Byron at Grandma Sands house. he has to spend the summer there or even the next school year if he doesn't clean his act up. They're are going the Birmingham because Momma and Daddy can't take Byron's misbehaving any longer.
There is a bombing at the church that Joey is having Sunday school at! Everyone freaks out, Kenny doesn't even know really whats happening and neither does Joey. Kenny thinks that he has let her down by not trying to fight back but actually he lead her back to the house, where they were safe.