Billie Jo was born during August, 1920 She lives with her parents, and her ma is pregnant.
Daddy put a pail of kerosene next to Ma, but Ma thought that it was water and poured it into a cup, creating a rope of fire. Ma died in that fire accident, and Billie Jo's hands are scarred because she tried to put out the fire.
Billie Jo's little brother is delivered, but both he and Ma die during childbirth. Billie Jo names him "Franklin". She blames Daddy for Ma's death, and her relationship with Daddy is broken. Instead of calling him "Daddy", she now calls him "Father".
OH NO! AHHHHHHHHH!
Although I'm really happy for them, I still feel like the nightie is on the wrong baby...
The family who had come into Billie Jo's school has safely delivered a baby. Billie Jo wants to help them, so she donates the feed sack nightie that her mother made. It was supposed to be for her brother.
One day, Billie Jo was coming home after watching a show. However, a strong dust storm reached her town and she took more than 3 hours to get home. Once she got home, she saw a note written to her, from her dad.
The note says that my father has gone out to find me, and to stay put if I am home. OH NO!
Billie Jo's dad arrives home at about 6 am. He is cut and bruised, and Billie Jo hurts to see him like that.
Billie Jo finally did what she'd always wanted to do. She ran away from home at night, and smuggled herself onto a train, aiming to get out of all the dust. She met a stranger on the train, and he started talking to her about what he was doing on the train, and what he left behind.
I have a wife and 3 kids. I couldn't provide for them, so I left them.
What a tumbleweed. My father's so unlike him, he's a sod.
After Billie Jo listened to the man and understood that her dad chose not to do what the man did, she returned home. When she got off the train, she called him "Daddy" the first time after the funeral of her ma, and forgives him for the pail of kerosene.
Is it alright if I marry her?
Ma & Franklin
One night, Daddy and Louise went on a walk. He led her to his wife's grave, and let his wife know about his love for Louise. She did not object, and neither did Billie Jo.