Winnie! Get off that dirty grass! You'll ruin your clothes! Now come inside. Your lunch is ready.
I want to run away. You don't believe me, do you? You'll see! I'll do it next morning, early, while everyone's still asleep.
Ok! I'm coming! [sigh]
I own this wood. Can I have a drink of that water?
What are you doing here?
I can't tell you.
Winifred Foster, nicknamed Winnie, was an 11 year old girl with no friends. Being an only child, her parents and grandma carefully watch every move she makes. She wishes she has siblings, so her parents and grandma have somebody else to watch, too.
Winnie made one friend: a toad. As she was very angry at the time, she through pebbles at the toad, intending to miss, however. She told him how she didn't like her life and that she wanted to run away. She decided that she would.
Finally have someone in the jail!
The next morning, Winnie went out of the house and into the woods. She found Jesse Tuck, who she rather liked, drinking from the spring. Winnie, thirsty, tried to drink from it, but Jesse made sure she didn't. The other Tucks later explained that the spring made her immortal and why she couldn't drink from it.
The man had traded Winnie for the Fosters' wood, meaning the spring was his, which was a huge problem. Winnie wanted to stay with the Tucks, her friends, and they still wanted to take her. So, Mae hit the man, which killed him. Mae got sent to jail.
Winnie took Mae's place in jail so she and the other Tucks could run away. She hid under the blanket. Before that, Jesse gave her a bottle of water from the spring, so that when she was 17, she could drink it and meet him again.
When Winnie was found in the jail, she was in big trouble. She was never let out of her yard for the rest of the summer, but now she had more friends for the kids around liked her better this way. She had changed. Later, Winnie poured the water from the spring on the toad, making him immortal instead of herself.