Floyd is one of the first people that the Joads encounter in California. He lives in the Hooverville with a wife and children, and is wise to the ways of job-hunting in California. He fills Tom and Al in on the job situation, and he also tells them about the corruption that abounds.
Floyd is really sharp, and, when a man posing as a job contractor arrives at the Hooverville boasting of jobs, Floyd demands that he show the families his contracting license and that he tell them exactly how much the workers would be paid. This causes the deputy to get involved, who plans to arrest Floyd. Tom helps Floyd escape into the wide blue yonder by tripping the deputy.