The story starts off in the Youngers apartment. The apartment is old, small and a bit run down but is well kept by the family. The whole family includes Walter, his wife Ruth. Walter's sister Beneatha, Walters son Travis, and Walter and Beneathas mother Lena.
Walter Lee Younger's mother is going to recieve 10000 dallors as insurance for his fathers death. Walter is trying convince his wife, Ruth, to help him convince his mother to give him the money so he can invest in a liqour store. Ruth just wishes to be left out of it.
Walter and Ruths son; Travis, has brought the check for 10,000 dallors inside that came in the mail. Mama tells Walter that she will not invest in the liqour store. He becomes angry so she also tells him that Ruth is pregnant. Ruth then tells Walter she plans to get an abortion. Walter is so angry he leaves without saying a word to Ruth.
Mama comes inside and has a talk with Travis. She informs the family that the went out and used the 10,000 dallors to buy a house. This upsets Walter so she gives him the remaining 6500 dallors so he can put 3500 in the bank so Beneatha can go to med school and the rest for walter to keep.
Bobo, a freind of Walter who was planning on investing in the liqour store with him, comes to the apartment. He tells Walter that Willy Harris; another person who was giong to invest with them, left with their money. Walter then explains to his family that he gave Wily Harris the 6500 dallors that mama gave him.
Walter invited mr Linder; a man who is tring to prevent the youngers from moving into the neighborhood, to come over so he could accept their offer to buy the house. Walter changes his mind after mama makes travis stay inside to watch what Walter was planning on doing. Walter tells Mr Linder that they will move into the house because his father earned it for them.