Family lives in a rural farm in North Carolina in 1918. Characters are Doodle, Brother, Mother, Father, Aunt Nicey, and Narrator.
Doodle is disabled/ mentally challenged and his brother didn't like that and thought about killing him. Brother was disappointed because Doodle couldn't do much of anything and he's always wanted a brother to play with.
Doodle learns to walk at 3. A scarlet Ibis falls out of a tree. Doodle wasn't happy about this and felt a connection between him and the bird.
Brother and Doodle decide to go to Old Woman Swamp and there's a bad storm coming. They started running through the storm, and brother noticed Doodle was falling behind but Brother kept going. Once the storm started settling down Brother went to go find Doodle. And he found him dead.
Brother finds Doodle dead like the scarlet Ibis. He cries over Doodle and shields him from the rain.
DOODLE WAKE UP?!?
Brother realizes he should've been nicer and less selfish. He treated doodle horribly.