Lizabeth and her brother joey are kids during the great depression. With the neighborhood kids they want to mess around and want to ruin mrs. lotties's flowers.
After ruining mrs. lottie's marigolds, lizabeth and joey come home to their dad disappointed in them. Then in the middle of the night lizabeth wakes up joey to go to mrs. lottie's house.
When they get to the house, Lizabeth begins to cry and then mrs. lottie comes out. Lizabeth now relizes why those marigolds were so important to mrs. lottie, she just wanted to add beauty to the ugliness of her yard. She also relizes shes can't have innocense and compassion at the same time.