"People who think dying is the worst thing, don't know a thing about life."
"The truth is your mother ran off and left you."
"Bees swarm before death."
Lilly is a small town 14 year old girl who loves bees. She killed her mother at age 4 and follows bees because she thinks they relate. As if they are telling her what to do.
"There is nothing perfect, there is only life."
T-Ray is described as two different people. August describes T-Ray as a nice man who acts like a prince. Lily on the other hand describes T-Ray as a cold hearted monster.
Rosaleen is a young, independent woman. All rosaleen wants is rights but she is very racist because of people she has dealt with in her life.
August is a strong, indpendent woman who has a love of bees. Seems she could care less about race. She used to be a housekeeper for Lily's mom, Deborah. Now she is known as a black beekeeper who made what is called Black Madonna honey."
May is a young woman who's very emotional. She is a very sensitive person. Once May gets sad, she goes out to what's called the "wailing wall" to let out her feelings. She writes down whatever she needs to and puts the paper into the wall.
Zach is a young black man who believes he can make a difference in the world. He's tired of racism and he will do anything to change the world's perspective on blacks. Weather he gets beat up, killed, or made fun of, he says it will still change what people think.
"We can't think of chaging our skin...change the world, that's how we gotta think.