More than anything, Mable Jean wants to go to school. She has to walk five miles to get there, though, and her papa told her that if she can't keep up, she'll have to wait another year. She hurts her foot and misses some school days, but Mable Jean doesn't give up.
When the white children on their bus pass Mable Jean and her friends, laughing and taunting them, it's almost more than Mable Jean can take. Finally, Mable Jean asks her parents why the black children don't have a bus, too.