The people of Welch love to fight and there is always someone who is nursing some sort of wound. Crime happens often in this town.
Lori, Brian, and Jeanette constantly get picked on and beat up at school. They were picked on for many things such as their hair being red and for their dad being a drunk.
A young man named Ernie picks on the Walls children saying that they are garbage so they live in garbage. He is rude to them in school and harasses them at their home and throwing rocks which hit Brian causing him to get injured.
Brian and Jeanette think of an idea and they scale a hill were they fashion a mattress to a tree with rope and stack rocks on top to create a catapult which will fling the rocks to the street below. They aim to kill Ernie and his friends.
The Walls catapult the rocks down on Ernie and his friends in the street below hitting the boys and scratching the paint on their bikes.
Jeanette and Brian run after the boys throwing anything they can find.