It's the first day of school at the Bartlett School and Manjiro's all about doing well.
Then he spies a coin on the ground.
His mind goes through all sorts of questions: Should he pick it up and find the owner? Should he ignore it? What's the right thing to do? Will he get in trouble?
Finally, he decides to pick it up and find the owner for the coin, but as he does, the coin jumps away from him.
He does this a few more times—tries to pick up the coin, the coin jumps away—until he notices the string attached to the coin.
He glances up and notices this boy smirking at him and calls him out on the trick.
The guy—Tom—calls out to another guy named Job and tells him he's been found out.
And this is when the bullying begins.
You see, Tom's a racist jerk—he's one of the guys who made fun of Manjiro the very first day Manjiro got off the ship. Oh great.
He starts taunting Manjiro with all sorts of racist, anti-foreigner stuff.
Manjiro knows that he can't get in trouble, so he does something else: He uses the coin (now in his hand) and plays a disappearing coin trick on the students who have now gathered into a crowd around him.
While he's doing the trick, he catches the eye of a girl, and makes the coin appear from behind her ear. He even touches her slightly. Ooh la la…
The students are amazed and the tension from Tom's bullying fades away.
Plus, Mr. Bartlett himself comes up and breaks up the crowd.
Thereafter, Manjiro gets along well with the other students—all except Tom and his friends.
By the way, Job ends up being one of Manjiro's friends. He, Terry, and Manjiro hang out and even help Manjiro out at the farm.
But the better Manjiro does at the school, the more Tom and his crowd dislike him, you know, because jerks are like that.
Tom continues to say a bunch of junk about Manjiro, and once, Job almost gets into a fight with Tom over Manjiro.