People who think dying is the worst thing don't know a thing about life.
Bees swarm before death
Bees have a secret life we don't know anything about.
Lily is a 14 year old girl who is struggling with the death of her mother. Her father, T.Ray is abusive and insensitive to her needs. She is on a journey for forgiveness and self-discovery.
The truth is your mother ran off and left you.
Rosaleen is the only mom figure that Lily has. She lives with T. Ray and Lily. T. Ray pulled her out of the fields after his wife was killed.
But she's white, August.
August Boatright is the oldest "calendar sister", who is takes care of everyone. August welcomes Rosaleen and Lily into her home, and lives in a pink house in Tiburon, South Carolina.
You gotta imagine what's never been.
T.Ray is Lily's father. Lily only has dark and mean memories of T.Ray, as he never really was a father figure to her. It is later revealed that T.Ray once was a nice man who treated his wife like a princess.
June Boatright is one of the "Calendar sisters". When Lily and Rosaleen first arrive, June is prejudice towards Lily, as she does not like white people. June resents Lily due to the fact that August worked for Deborah Fontanel, Lily's mom.
Zach Taylor is an African-American teenage boy, who is infatuated with Lily. Zach has built a life for himself while beekeeping with August. His goal is to become a lawyer, and knows that the color of his skin makes that dream difficult.