Cassie Logan, a 9-year-old, lives with her three brothers, Stacey, Christopher-John, and Little Man, and Mama and Big-Ma. Their father is away at work on the railroad. The year is 1933, in Great Faith, Mississippi.
Mr. Perry and his nephews were burned by the Wallace brothers. Mama convinces the other to boycott the Wallace's store.
Mama gets fired, Papa gets shot, and the Grangers attempt to get back the Logan land
T.J.gets in trouble after they found him buying a gun with Melvin and R.W.