Dallas and Florida are twin orphans. Every time they were sent to a foster home, the fosters would always bring Dallas and Florida back saying,"these are trouble twins, we don't want them."
Dallas and Florida went to many different foster homes, but none of the fosters wanted to keep them, so they were sent back to the Boxton Creek Home For Children with Mr. and Mrs. Trepid, who force Dallas and Florida to do everything for them.
"Sairy! Wait. Something's wrong with Florida." - page 210
Dallas and Florida are being brought to the Ruby Holler with a nice couple Tiller and Sairy.
Florida and Tiller go out on their trip and their boat tips over. Florida can't swim, can Tiller save her?
" If only this putrid water would quit pushing me " - page 208
Dallas and Sairy start on their trip and start to worry about how the others were doing.
Dallas and Florida both wake up and smell bacon which Tiller and Sairy cooked for them when they slept outside to eventually take the night train to someplace else, the bacon was supposed to hopefully change their minds.