The narrator (brother) , Doodle, mom, dad, and Aunt Nicey are introduced. The brother explained how Doodle has disabilities and how he doesn't care for him to much.
Brother took Doodle out of the same room he always sat in and decided he would teach him how to do everything a normal kid would.
Doodle put up a fight in the beginning but soon he learned how to walk, swim, and run like everyone else.
After he learned how to do everything he went home because there was a huge storm coming. After the storm happened Doodle and his family saw the scarlet ibis that must have came from the storm. The bird died and Doodle was very upset about it so he buried it.
After the storm they went out and went down the creek, the rain started to come again and they got off as soon as they could. They started to run home when the rain started too poor. Doodle was so tired from everything they did that day & couldn't keep up. Doodle fell to the ground and told his brother to not leave him, but he still did.
After brother could not see Doodle anymore he started to walk back to see if he was okay. He went back to Doodle laying in the mud, dead.