Things aren't looking good for the Tillerman family, so
Momma has packed some food and clothes in the middle of the night, and is
taking the kids on a car ride to see her rich Aunt Cilla in Bridgeport. Maybe
she can help since they have no money and no place to stay? Fingers crossed
because Momma has been acting really strange lately.
Hit the Road,
When Momma parks the car in the middle of a mall parking lot
and leaves the kids to fend for themselves, things turn from really bad to
bad just like that. Dicey decides that the kids should just walk to Bridgeport
on their own—she can't see a better option—so off they go. Along the way, they
go hungry, sleep outside, and nearly get arrested. It's definitely not a
pleasant adventure, but at least they're still together.
Not All It's Cracked
Up to Be
Unfortunately, things aren't so wonderful at Aunt Cilla's
house when they arrive. For starters, she's not rich. More than that, though, she's
also not alive. The Tillermans meet their Cousin Eunice instead. Though she's
studying to be a nun, she agrees to adopt the children out of Christian duty,
even though she is totally unfit to raise four abandoned and struggling kids on
On the Road Again
Dicey hears about their grandmother—Abigail Tillerman—so she
decides to take off to see what's up in her neck of the woods. Her siblings
insist on joining her, and on the way, the kids miss their bus, hitchhike on a
boat, runaway with the circus, and are nearly kidnapped by a guy we're pretty
sure is a child molester. In case you hadn't noticed, it's dangerous out there
for four little kids traveling on their own.
The hope is that their grandmother will be the answer to
their prayers, but when they show up at her house, they find themselves
completely out of luck. Even though Abigail lets the children stay with her for
a few days and they try to win her over, she refuses to give them a permanent
home. Turns out she just can't risk getting close to another set of kids and
failing them like she did her own children. It's a pretty sad reality for
everyone involved at this point, and the Tillermans are out of options.
Killing Some Time
Looks like the Tillerman kids are going back to Cousin
Eunice's, though she's refused to keep Sammy and has qualms about Maybeth's
intellectual capacity. Oh, well—at least they tried. But Abigail still needs to
write to Eunice to figure out how to get the kids back to her place, and since school
is starting, in the meantime they might as well get enrolled while they wait.
Heck, maybe they can help out with some more stuff around the house. You know—if
they're going to be hanging around for a while.
Home Sweet Home
Dicey realizes that Abigail has never sent the letter to
Eunice. Maybe she doesn't even want to send it? Well? What do you say, Gram?
Can the grandkids crash at your place until they're eighteen? Abigail finally
admits that she cares for her grandkids and takes them home with her forever.