It’s the day before she starts 8th grade, and Dicey’s chillin’ in Gram’s barn with the sailboat she’s restoring. In fact, that's where she spends most of her time these days.
She’s reflecting on the events that brought them to Gram’s house that summer, which means we get a quick recap of Homecoming. In short, the Tillerman kids were orphaned when their mother abandoned them, but now they’ve got a home with their mom’s mom, Gram.
Dicey digs Gram, who’s offered them a home not just in her big old farmhouse, but in her heart. She’s been watching Gram interact with James, Sammy, and Maybeth, and she likes how Gram encourages them.
She feels really happy and tired at the same time, but she doesn’t want to go to bed because happiness is fun.