We are introduced to the family, William Armstrong, his brother, Aunt Nicey, and his parents. William is born with difficulties and ´Everybody thought he was going to die´except Aunt Nicey. Williams brother is upset because he wanted to be able to play with him but is not able to.
Don't leave me brother!!
William's brother decides to change his name to Doodle. ´Renaming my brother was probably the kindest thing I ever did for him.´ Out of Doodle's brothers pride, he is determined to teach him how to walk.
As Doodle and his brother suspect a hurricane about to happen, they hear a scarlet ibis outside the window. Doodle goes to it and it dies on the spot, he wants to bury it but Aunt Nicey says ´Dead birds is bad luck, Specially red dead birds!"
´The knowledge that Doodle's and my plans had come to naught was bitter´and when Doodles brother goes to teach him a couple days before school, he gets mad that Doodle catches up to him and runs off.
Once Doodleś brothers ´flood of childish spite evanesced´ he realizes Doodle is gone, he waits for him but he never shows up. He goes back to look and find Doodle.
Doodle is found next to a bush dead in the hurricane almost like the scarlet ibis outside their house. And Doodleś brother threw his ´body to the earth above his.´