Lucas, Doug's oldest brother comes home from the war with no legs and almost being blind at first. Also, Doug gets in trouble from skipping gym by Principle Peattie. With that, Doug also finds out about the horrible time Coach Reed had in the war and Coach Reed becomes nicer.
Doug does deliveries in the snow(it is winter now)and while on those runs, people are giving him hot milk, hot chocolate, cream of wheat, and coffee from Mrs. Windermere. Doctors believe that Lucas will see again.
Joel has an asthma attack and is rushed to Dr. Bottom's house where he is given an inhaler to breath. Also, there is another robbery and a petal found at the scene matches Christopher's bike an he is arrested. Principle Peattie and Doug shake on that if Christopher isn't guilty, then Doug can bring the Brown Pelican back to the library.
Doug and Lil meet Mr. Gregory and he convinces Doug and Lil to be in the play by bribing them with the Red throated Divers. Lil has stomach aches before the play and when the play was about to start, Lil was rushed to the hospital and Doug had to play her part. Doug sees Joe Peptone and after the play, Joe Peptone asks for Doug's autograph and talks to Doug.
Lil loses her hair and only has a one in four chance to live from her condition. When Doug went to go see Lil, they watched NASA launch Apollo 11. Since the hospital bills are so much, Mr. Spicer had to fire Doug, but Doug said he would work for free.