Maya and Bailey get sent back to Stamps because of Maya's quietness. After returning to Stamps,Maya gets a job working for a rich white lady,MrsCullinan but ends up quitting due to Mrs.Cullinan being a jerk against Maya.
When Maya gets two cavities,her grandmother takes her to the only dentist in Stamps who happens to be white,but the dentist says to her grandmother that he'd rather stick his hand in a dog's mouth than put it in Maya's mouth. Maya's grandmother is sick of all the racism and ends up taking the kids to California where their mother now lives.
After living in San Francisco for a while, her dad invites her to come to Southern California. After taking a trip to Mexico with her father,Maya and Dolores, who is her father's girlfriend get into a fight which ends up with Maya getting hurt and she ends up running away and staying with a group of homeless kids before returning to San Francisco.