Curious and lured by gold, Milkman went to Pennsylvania and found the house of the people who killed his grandfather. He was given more information by Circe.
"'Did you ever know his real name?'" (248)
“Both of them lived in Virginia, her people and his. Down around Culpepper somewhere. Charlemagne or something like that.” (244)
"'Sing. Her name was Sing.'" (243)
"'Jake, I believe.'" (248)
He found himself coon-hunting in Shalimar, Virgina and came to some self-awareness and realization, also narrowing escaping death by the hands of Guitar.
“Now it seemed to him that that he was always saying or thinking that he didn’t deserve some bad luck, or some bad treatment.” (276)
With a tip from one of his hunting comrades, Milkman found his way to Susan Byrd's house, where he found out more about his family.
"This Jake was a baby [my grandmother] found, and he and Sing grew up together, and I guess . . . she ran away with him."
"'He flew. You know, like a bird. Just stood up in the fields one day, ran up some hill, spun around a couple of times, and was lifted up in the air. Went right on back to wherever it was he came from.'" (323)
"'He disappeared and left everybody. Wife, everybody, including some twenty one children. And they all saw him go . . . The baby and the wife were right next to him when he flew off.'" (322)
Milkman returned home to Michigan to tell his family the new information he found.
“‘Pilate, your father’s body floated up out of the grave you all dug for him . . . That was your father you found. You’ve been carrying your father’s bones—all this time’” (333)
"'Yes. And, Pilate, you have to bury him. He wants you to bury him. Back where he belongs. On Solomon's Leap.'" (333)
So Pilate and Milkman went back to Shalimar to bury Jake at Solomon's Leap, but unfortunately Guitar was waiting for them.
“For now he knew what Shalimar knew: If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it.” (337)