Esperanza's aunt gets her a job at a photo lab. On her first day, an older man offers to be her friend and then forces her to kiss him.
Esperanza's father tells her that her grandfather died. She, being the oldest child, has the responsibility to tell the news to her brothers and sisters and also to comfort her father.
Esperanza feels a connection with the four skinny trees growing outside her bedroom window because she feels just like her, they do not belong there.
Esperanza gets embarrassed when she tries to rescue her friend Sally from a group of boys who persuaded her to kiss them all. Sally does not want to be saved, and tells Esperanza to go away making Esperanza cry.
Esperanza arranges to meet Sally at the carnival but Sally never showed up at their meeting place. While she's waiting for Sally, a group of boys confront her and one of them rapes her.
Esperanza moves to a new house. Esperanza acknowledges that, although she has left Mango Street, one day she'll be back to help the ones she left behind.