The story takes place in Grand Island. Dan and Arthur best friends. They are just getting to Dan's house after dinner.
The boys got to Dan's house when they heard a storm was coming towards their area. Mrs. Hatch was concerned about her husband and parents she called and went out to help.
The storm hit, Dan ran to get Ryan. The boys went to the downstairs bathroom as fast as they possibly could they hid under a blanket in the shower until the storm went away.
After the storm, Stacey came to the rescue and told Arthur what happened. They found Mrs. Hatch but was split up and they rode in the police car. They spent the rest of the night at the police department.
They found each other at the end. The Darlington family had to split up because they were a big family. Dan, his family, and Arthur had to live on the farm. They were even visited by Jimmy Carter.