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Little Bee (The Other Hand)

Little Bee (The Other Hand) Summary

Little Bee is narrated by Little Bee (not her real name) and Sarah (an English woman who you will meet in a minute) in alternating chapters.

Little Bee, who kicks off the story, wishes she was a British pound coin, instead of a Nigerian girl. Unlike her, coins travel freely and safely. Little Bee learns the Queen's English in order to survive in England. English is the official language of her home country, Nigeria, but that version has other African languages blended in too. Little Bee learns the Queen's English in an immigration detention center in Essex, England, where she has been held since 2005. She is released from the adult detention center on a Friday morning in May 2007 with three other girls. She is sixteen years old.

Little Bee has a driver's license and business card belonging to Andrew O'Rourke, a white man she met on the beach two years ago in Nigeria. She calls him from the detention center phone. He seems to think she's an imposter. He's angry, and tells her not to come to his house. She says she is going to come anyway. The four girls – Little Bee, a Jamaican girl named Yevette, a girl they call Sari Girl, and a girl they call the "girl with no name" – go outside to wait for the taxi that Little Bee called to take them to Andrew O'Rourke's.

Now meet our other narrator Sarah O'Rourke, and her four-year-old son Charlie. Charlie wears his Batman costume all the time and only answers to "Batman." We learn that five days after Little Bee calls him from the detention center, Sarah's husband Andrew, a columnist for The Times, hangs himself. Five days after that, the day of Andrew's funeral, Little Bee arrives at Sarah's house in an English suburb.

Little Bee attends the funeral with Sarah and Charlie. There, Sarah thinks back to the day she and Andrew met Little Bee and her sister two years ago. Sarah tells us, "The only souvenir I have of that first meeting is an absence where the middle finger of my left hand used to be" (2.15).

The story moves back to Little Bee's point of view. We learn that she fled Nigeria two years prior by stowing away on a British cargo ship. She's put in the immigrant detention center as soon as she arrives in England. For six months, she screams every night. During the days thinks of ways to kill herself. After six months, she feels some hope mixed with her horror and starts learning the Queen's English and learning about British history and culture.

Now Little Bee picks up the story on the day of her release from the detention center. When the taxi comes for her and the other three girls, Little Bee accidentally offends the taxi driver and he leaves without them. The four girls walk out of the detention center gates and down the hill. A man on a tractor approaches them, and they all get really scared. The man, named Mr. Ayers, owns the land they wandered onto. Apparently he makes a habit of giving shelter to people like them, who are released from the detention center with nowhere to go. He gives the four of them shelter in a clean, hidden building.

In their temporary shelter, Yevette tells Little Bee she had sex with one of the immigration men and he checked a box next to her name in the computer, which is why she was released. He put check marks next to the names of the other three women at random, so Yevette's release wouldn't look suspicious. But checking a box is one thing – legal immigration papers are another. All four women were released without papers, meaning they are now in England illegally.

The girl with no name isn't doing well. She starts screaming, reliving the horrors she's fled from. Little Bee and Yevette try to comfort her. She hallucinates that her daughter is here with her. Little Bee and Yevette pretend they see the child too. That night, Little Bee dreams of her village back in Nigeria. When she wakes up, she sees that the girl with no name has hanged herself from the skylight chain. Little Bee leaves without saying good-bye, and makes her way on foot to Sarah and Andrew's house.

The novel shifts back to Sarah's point of view. She picks up her description of the day of Andrew's funeral. After Sarah, Charlie, and Little Bee walk home from the funeral, Sarah learns some of Little Bee's story. This section blends together (somewhat confusingly) what Little Bee tells Sarah plus Sarah's own memories: after Little Bee's village and most of the people in it are destroyed, Little Bee flees. She hides in the jungle by the beach with her sister. The sisters watch Sarah and Andrew (vacationing in Nigeria) together on the beach.

Soon, the sisters hear people yelling and dogs barking. They know the men chasing them are near. A hotel guard comes and tells Sarah and Andrew that the beach isn't safe. When the sisters hear the men and dogs coming closer through the jungle, they come out of their hiding places and ask Sarah, Andrew, and the guard to help them. Little Bee says that the men are chasing them because they saw the men kill the people in her village, which is wanted by oil companies for an oil field. Andrew doesn't believe them. He thinks they are trying to scam him and Sarah.

Soon, the hunters and dogs arrive. They try to take the girls, but Sarah won't let them. The leader kills the hotel guard. Andrew offers the leader money to let the girls go. The leader says that if Andrew will cut off his middle finger, he will let the girls live. Andrew can't do it, so Sarah puts her hand on the sand, picks up the machete, and chops off her middle finger. The hunter says that in exchange for Sarah's act, Little Bee will live. But her sister will die.

After telling Sarah the story, Little Bee falls asleep. Sarah calls Lawrence, her lover. When she tells him that Little Bee is at her house, he freaks out. He wants Sarah to call the police. He's afraid Little Bee is dangerous. When Little Bee wakes up the next morning, Sarah asks her to tell her what happened after Andrew and Sarah left the beach that day.

Here you go, then: After Andrew and Sarah leave the beach, the hunters take Little Bee and her sister down the beach to an abandoned boat that's turned upside down. They force Little Bee under the boat, while they rape, torture, and murder her sister nearby. When Little Bee feels like the men aren't watching her anymore, she comes out from under the boat and goes back to the beach where she met Sarah and Andrew. She finds Andrew's wallet and takes his driver's license and business card. She flees by night and hides by day, eventually coming to a port, where she stows away on a British cargo ship.

After hearing Little Bee's horrendous story, Sarah starts thinking about why she and Andrew were in Nigeria in the first place. We dive back into Sarah's past. It's 2005 and she and Andrew are going through a rough spot in their marriage. Sarah starts having affair with Lawrence Osborne, who works for the Home Office (Britain's "lead government department for immigration and passports, drugs policy, crime, counter-terrorism and police"). Lawrence is married with children. Their affair remains a secret for about six months. When Andrew discovers the affair, Sarah convinces Andrew to go to Nigeria with her on vacation to try to patch things up.

Back in the present, on the day after Andrew's funeral, Lawrence shows up at Sarah's house. Sarah isn't pleased that he's here, but lets him in. That night, Lawrence tries to pressure Sarah into abandoning Little Bee, something Sarah has no intention of doing. They argue and Lawrence is about to leave. But Sarah asks him to stay and they make up. He sleeps over.

The next morning, Little Bee and Lawrence talk while Sarah naps. That conversation goes downhill quickly when he threatens to call the police on Little Bee. But Little Bee puts up a fight, saying that if he reports her, she'll tell his family about his affair, and make sure Sarah hates him. Dilemma!

Little Bee confesses to Lawrence that she was here at the house in the days before Andrew's death. After she ran away from Mr. Ayers's shelter, Little Bee hid in the bushes outside Andrew and Sarah's house. She tried to talk to Andrew, but he thought she was a hallucination or a ghost or something. He hanged himself in Little Bee's presence, and Little Bee thinks she could have saved him if she wasn't afraid that she'd be arrested when the police came. Lawrence and Little Bee agree not to tell each other's secrets. Hardly sounds like a friendly truce to us.

Lawrence spends the night again. The next morning , Sarah convinces everybody to go with her to South Bank in London. In London, Little Bee decides it might be better for Sarah and Charlie if she left them. She walks off, but then decides she doesn't trust Lawrence with Charlie, and goes back. Little Bee plays with Charlie on some steps near the water, and she learns that Charlie wears his Batman costume all the time because he thinks he must do so to protect his father from death. Little Bee explains that Andrew's death totally isn't his fault. She offers to tell Charlie her real name if he takes off his costume, but he won't, so she doesn't reveal her name.

Lawrence comes and plays with Charlie, while Little Bee goes to talk to Sarah. Sarah tells Little Bee that last night when she was in Andrew's study, she found a book's worth of research and writing about refugees and immigration detention centers. Sarah wants to continue Andrew's work, possibly write a book. Sarah tells Little Bee she needs to make a phone call, and Little Bee goes down to Lawrence and Charlie. Lawrence and Little Bee argue – again. Sarah calls her publisher and quits her job at the fashion magazine she started, Nixie. When Sarah comes back, Charlie is nowhere to be seen.

Lawrence gives Little Bee his phone and tells her to call the police and wait for them to come. Meanwhile, he finds Charlie, hiding in a drainage pipe. Little Bee doesn't realize Charlie's been found until after the police arrive. When she gives her name as Little Bee, the police become suspicious and she's arrested and taken to a holding cell. Sarah visits her that night in jail and Little Bee confesses to Sarah that she was with Andrew on the day of his death. Sarah doesn't seem mad at her.

Three days later, Little Bee is driven to the airport and put on a plane back to Nigeria, accompanied by a guard. While waiting for the plane to take off, Little Bee hears someone say her name. It's Sarah. She and Charlie are going with Little Bee to Nigeria. Sarah believes that if she stays with Little Bee, she can protect her. In Nigeria, the police decide not to arrest Little Bee, Sarah, or Charlie, but guards are posted up outside their hotel room at all times. Sarah wants Little Bee to help her collects stories from other survivors like her, to help bring the story to the public, and perhaps save Little Bee's life. Little Bee agrees. Sarah gives the guards money every day and the guards let them walk around while it's light out.

One morning, Little Bee asks Sarah to take her to the ocean, so she can say good-bye to the memory of her sister. At the beach, Charlie is having lots of fun playing with the other kids, wearing, of course, his Batman costume. While Little Bee is relaxing in the sun, Sarah alerts her – three soldiers have arrived. She tells Little Bee to run along, so she can blend in with the other black women on the beach. Little Bee goes down the beach to a rocky point and watches from a distance as a soldier pulls his gun on Sarah. Suddenly, Charlie starts running, and the soldier points the gun at him instead. Little Bee sprints toward Charlie. When they meet, Charlie runs into her arms. There on the beach, Little Bee reveals her real name to Charlie. It's Udo, which means "peace."

The soldiers are walking toward them. Charlie takes off his Batman costume and runs off, playing with the other children. Little Bee feels a soldier's hand on her shoulder, but all she can do is laugh.

And that's how Little Bee ends. For all the dirty details, check out the Chapter Summaries, or skip to "What's Up With the Ending?"

  • Chapter 1

    • The first chapter of Little Bee is narrated by a girl named Little Bee (not her real name).
    • The first thing she tells us is, "Most days I wish I was a British pound coin instead of an African girl. Everyone would be pleased to see me coming" (1.1).
    • Unlike her, coins travel freely and safely. The British pound coin has a picture of Queen Elizabeth II, and it talks like her too. Little Bee learns to talk like the Queen to survive in England.
    • English is the official language of her home country, Nigeria. But Nigerian English is different, better, she says.
    • She tells us, "To talk the Queen's English, I had to forget all the tricks of my mother tongue" (1.7). She learns the Queen's English in an immigration detention center in Essex.
    • She is released from the detention center on a Friday morning in May, along with three other girls.
    • Little Bee is sixteen. She was fourteen when she arrived in England, and has been in the detention center for the past two years. Because she doesn't have papers proving her age, she's been detained with adults.
    • She makes herself look unattractive to keep the men from bothering her at night.
    • Each of the girls leaving the detention center has a clear plastic bag with her belongings inside it.
    • In Little Bee's bag there's a driver's license and business card belonging to Andrew O'Rourke, a white man she met on the beach in Nigeria.
    • The girls are confused about what to do, where to go.
    • Little Bee uses her new English skills to call a taxi. To get a taxi to come to Black Hill Immigration removal center, she has to convince the taxi driver that they aren't immigrants.
    • Next, she calls Andrew O'Rourke. He seems to think she's an imposter. He's angry, and tells her not to come to his house. She tells him she is going to come anyway.
    • The four girls – Little Bee, a Jamaican girl named Yevette, a girl they call Sari Girl, and a girl they call "the girl with no name" – go outside to wait for the taxi.
  • Chapter 2

    • This chapter is narrated by Sarah, an English woman. The first thing she tells us is, "From the spring of 2007 until the end of that long summer when Little Bee came to live with us, my son removed his Batman costume only at bath times" (2.1).
    • Her son is four years old, and only answers to "Batman."
    • Sarah is there when Little Bee calls her husband, Andrew, but doesn't know it's Little Bee on the phone until later.
    • Five days after, Andrew, a columnist for The Times, hangs himself. Five days after that, the day of Andrew's funeral, Little Bee comes to Sarah's house, which in an English suburb.
    • Little Bee, Sarah, and the Dark Knight (a.k.a. Charlie) walk to the funeral together.
    • Inside the church, Charlie wants to know where his daddy is. Sarah imagines how she will explain Andrew's death to Charlie later.
    • Andrew's problems started the summer of 2005, the day that Sarah and Andrew met Little Bee on a Nigerian beach.
    • Sarah tells us, "The only souvenir I have of that first meeting is an absence where the middle finger of my left hand used to be" (2.15). Now that's intriguing.
    • She remembers the day Andrew died. He tried to tell her something before she went to Nixie, her fashion magazine, but she walked away without hearing it.
    • Around noon, the police came to Nixie and told Sarah that Andrew hanged himself in their home.
    • Now Sarah's mind drifts back to the present, the funeral.
    • Charlie asks Sarah again where Daddy is. She reminds him that Andrew is in heaven.
    • Charlie wants to know where heaven is, and why they're putting some big box in the ground.
    • Soon, Charlie puts it all together, and jumps into the hole on top of the coffin, screaming, "Mummy! Get him out OUT! Get mine daddy out of heaven!" (2.201)
    • Little Bee is the one who goes down into the hole to help Charlie out.
    • After the funeral, the three of them walk back to Sarah's house.
  • Chapter 3

    • Little Bee remembers fleeing Nigeria by stowing away on a cargo ship.
    • [<em>Extended flashback alert!</em>]
    • Little Bee gets put in the immigrant detention center as soon as she arrives in England.
    • In the detention center, she gets in the habit of figuring out just how she will kill herself in every situation she can imagine. If the men come for her, she'll be ready.
    • For six months, she screams every night. Then during every day, she thinks of ways to kill herself.
    • After six months, she feels some hope mixed with her horror.
    • From books, newspapers, and magazines, she learns the Queen's English. She also studies up on the history and culture of the United Kingdom. 
    • When the taxi comes for Little Bee and the other three women, Little Bee accidentally offends the taxi driver and he pulls off without them.
    • The girls walk down the hill from the detention center, and are soon approached by two men, Mr. Ayers and Small Albert. This could be bad.
    • But nope – Mr. Ayers shelters refugees and illegal immigrants on his property.
    • He gives the four girls shelter in a building that even comes with clean beds. There are skylights that can be opened by pulling on chains that hang down.  This sounds just excellent.
    • Yevette tells Little Bee she had sex with one of the immigration men in exchange for him checking a box next to her name in the computer. That's how she got  released.
    • The immigration man put checks next to the names of the other three names at random, so Yevette's release wouldn't look suspicious.
    • The girl with no name isn't doing well, despite the freedom and new digs. She's screaming, reliving the horrors she's fled from. Little Bee and Yevette try to comfort her, bring her back to reality.
    • The girl with no name points at a ray of sunshine and says, "<em>Look! Look! My Child!"</em> (3.355). Little Bee and Yevette tell her that her daughter is beautiful, even though clearly the girl didn't just show up.
    • The girl with no name seems happy.
    • Later, Mr. Ayers's wife brings them food. That night, Little Bee dreams of her village.
    • When she wakes up, she sees that the girl with no name has hanged herself from the skylight chain.
    • Little Bee decides to leave the place. She travels on foot until she reaches the River Thames.
    • She knows if she follows the river she'll eventually get to Andrew and Sarah's house, which is in Kingston-upon-Thames. 
  • Chapter 4

    • Sarah narrates this chapter. After they walk home from the funeral, Sarah asks Little Bee to tell her story. (Sarah blends her own memories with what Little Bee is telling her.)
    • [<em>Just as we made it back to the present, we're returning to the past. Got it?</em>]
    • Little Bee flees her village, running and hiding for six days. When she finds the beach, she hides in a patch of jungle that goes all the way to the sea. Her older sister Nkiruka, who has also been running, finds her. They choose new names for themselves, since their old ones aren't safe anymore. Nkiruka picks Kindness, and Little Bee (whose real name we don't know yet anyway) chooses Little Bee.
    • The sisters hide behind some palm trees and watch Sarah and Andrew together on the beach.
    • Soon, the sisters hear people yelling and dogs barking. They know the men chasing them are near.
    • A guard comes and tells Sarah and Andrew that the beach isn't safe. They need to stay in the hotel compound. Andrew tries to bribe the guard to let them stay on the beach. (Yeah, who wants to stay in a compound on vacation? No, thank you.)
    • When the sisters hear the men and dogs coming closer through the jungle, they emerge from their hiding places and ask Sarah, Andrew, and the guard to help them.
    • Little Bee explains that the men are chasing them because they saw the men kill the people in her village. Andrew thinks it's a "scam" (4.213). Soon, the hunters and dogs arrive. Not a scam.
    • The leader has a terrible neck wound.
    • He tries to take the sisters, but Sarah won't let them. So the leader kills the hotel guard.
    • Andrew offers the leader money to let the girls go. The leader says he's close to death and doesn't care about money. He says,
    • "White man been giving me this finger all my life. Today you can give it me to keep. Now cut off your middle finger mister and give it me" (4.294).
    • Sarah tells Andrew to do it, but he can't.
    • Sarah puts her hand on the sand, picks up the machete, and chops off her middle finger.
    • The leader turns and sees what she's done. He says that in exchange for Sarah's act, Little Bee will live. But – her sister will still die.
    • [<em>End memories.</em>]
    • All that happened two years ago. After telling Sarah her story, Little Bee falls asleep.
    • Sarah calls Lawrence. When she tells him Little Bee is here, he freaks out. He wants Sarah to call the police. He's afraid Little Bee is dangerous.
    • Sarah is confused, but she knows one thing – she needs hear the rest of Little Bee's story, to find out what happened after she and Andrew left the beach that day.
  • Chapter 5

    • When Little Bee (who narrates this chapter) wakes up the next morning, Sarah asks her to tell the rest of the story. Little Bee doesn't want to tell her, but Sarah insists.
    • [<em>OK, back to the past.</em>]
    • After Andrew and Sarah leave, the hunters take Little Bee and her sister down the beach to an abandoned boat that's turned upside down. They force Little Bee under the random boat.
    • They rape her sister against the boat, then smash her body against it again and again, until every bone in her body is broken, and until she's finally dead.
    • The pieces of her body the dogs don't eat are thrown into the sea. After this, Little Bee watches the leader swim out into the ocean. He doesn't come back.
    • Then, Little Bee comes out from under the boat and walks back to the beach where she met Sarah and Andrew. She finds Andrew's wallet on the beach and takes his driver's license and business card.
    • For three nights Little Bee walks. During the days, she hides in the jungle.
    • When she comes to a port, she stows away on a British cargo ship.
    • At this point, Charlie wakes up, and we're quickly brought back to the present. Sarah takes him to nursery school.
    • When she gets back, she asks Little Bee if she wants to stay with her and Charlie.
    • Little Bee says she's afraid to put them in danger because she's an illegal alien.
    • Sarah says she's sure they can get her papers straightened out.
    • Charlie's nursery school calls. Charlie is freaking out.
    • Sarah and Little Bee go to the nursery school. At the nursery, Charlie is in a corner screaming. He tells Sarah he doesn't want her, he only wants his daddy. Little Bee goes into the corner with Charlie.
    • He says he's upset because they made him take off his Batman costume when he peed in it. They talk about Andrew's death, and about the death of Little Bee's family. Little Bee tells Charlie he's very lucky because he has a mother who loves him. Eventually, Charlie comes out of the corner, and the three of them walk back home.
    • Little Bee tells Sarah she'd like to stay and be a daughter to her and a sister to Charlie, at least until the men come again to take her away.
  • Chapter 6

    • When they get back from the nursery, Sarah, who narrates this chapter, remembers when her life got more "serious" (6.1).
    • [All right, her turn for a flashback.]
    • Sarah was mad at Andrew for complaining about all kinds of social problems instead of focusing on people who are working to make things better. She decides she wants to do a serious feature for Nixie, and sets up interview with people who work at the Home Office.
    • When she gets to the Home Office, she meets Lawrence Osborne, who is also married with children.
    • In Lawrence's office, they make love. (And we just thought they'd get coffee or something...)
    • Their affair remains a secret for about six months.
    • One day, Sarah is at a cocktail party with Lawrence when Andrew shows up. The affair is revealed and Andrew leaves Sarah.
    • Because Charlie misses Andrew, Sarah asks him to come back home and he agrees. She has free tickets for a Nigerian vacation, and she suggests that she and Andrew take it together. You know, patch things up in a beautiful ocean setting. Yes, please.
    • He's apprehensive, but agrees. For the two years after Nigeria, Andrew grows increasingly depressed.
    • [End flashback.]
    • Sarah talks to Little Bee more about getting her papers straightened out.
    • Soon, there's a knock on the door. It's Lawrence.
    • He told his wife he's out of town taking a class. Sarah isn't pleased that he's here (um, and lying), but lets him in.
    • That night, Lawrence tries to pressure Sarah into abandoning Little Bee. When he goes too far, she says, "Do you really want me to make a choice like that? I cut off my own bloody finger. Do you think I wouldn't cut you off too?" (6.275). Slam.
    • Lawrence is upset, and gets his coat to leave. Sarah stops him and convinces him to stay.
  • Chapter 7

    • The next morning, after Sarah and Little Bee return from a trip to the store, Sarah takes a nap.
    • While, she's napping, Lawrence and Little Bee (who narrates this chapter) talk.
    • Lawrence tells Little Bee he thinks she's bad for Sarah, and should leave.
    • He threatens to call the police on her.
    • She says that if he does that, she'll tell his family about the affair, and make sure Sarah hates him.  Back at ya.
    • Little Bee tries to make friends with him, but he says he's too "selfish" (7.133) to be friends with a refugee girl. Little Bee says she's selfish, too.
    • She reveals to Lawrence that after she was released from the detention center, she came here and hid in the bushes for several days. She watched Andrew, and wanted revenge on him for letting her sister die.
    • Andrew saw Little Bee and thought she was a hallucination – he was convinced she died on the beach that day.
    • Little Bee started to feel sorry for him. The day he hung himself, she tried to convince him she's not a ghost, but he locked himself in his study.
    • After a little while, she went to the study to check on Andrew, and found hanging from the ceiling by an electric cord, still alive.  Little Bee tried to get him down, but Andrew was just too heavy.
    • She wanted to call the police, but she was afraid she'd get hurt if she did. While she pondered what to do, Andrew died.
    • Lawrence says Little Bee is guilty of a crime.
    • He wants to go to the police, but then he'd have to tell Sarah that Little Bee was with Andrew the day he died, and that would hurt her.  What to do?
    • Lawrence and Little Bee agree to not tell each other's secrets.
  • Chapter 8

    • Later that morning, Sarah goes in to work at Nixie. She tells her longtime friend, Clarissa, who works for her at Nixie, that she wants to start running more serious news. She wants to run a story on refugees for the next issue. (Let's all remember this is a fashion magazine.  Interesting…)
    • Clarissa says she'll make this happen, but she thinks it's a bad idea, since Nixie's readers don't exactly want serious pieces. Sarah agrees to take a day to think about it.
    • When Sarah gets home, Little Bee is in the garden.
    • Sarah and Lawrence talk. Sarah tries to explain to him that she wants to help Little Bee. It's important for her to do something about the problems she sees in the world.
    • Lawrence just wants her to be grateful that she has a safe life with a good income. Trying to save Little Bee could disrupt all of that. He wants her to compromise.
    • She tries to make him understand that she isn't going to compromise about someone as important to her as Little Bee.
  • Chapter 9

    • Little Bee narrates this chapter. It's the morning after Lawrence's second night of sleeping over.
    • Around dawn, Sarah comes to Little Bee's room. She wants everybody to go to the South Bank in London. Little Bee wants to stay at home, but Sarah convinces her to come along.
    • Sarah, Little Bee, Charlie, and Lawrence take the train into London, and then walk to look at the river. On the walkway, Little Bee watches all the people go by.
    • When she sees people of all races and nationalities, she realizes she actually <em>could</em> blend in here in London. Maybe it's best if she leaves Sarah and Charlie. So, she walks away.
    • When she looks back and sees Sarah and Charlie and Lawrence together, she's realizes she doesn't trust Lawrence with Charlie, and goes back.
    • Little Bee and Charlie go down some stone steps so Charlie can play. Little Bee says he should take off his Batman costume so he doesn't get too hot.
    • Charlie tells Little Bee that he has to keep it on all the time. He tells her, "if I is not Batman <em>all the time</em> then mine daddy dies" (9.94).
    • Charlie believes that his daddy died because Charlie was at the nursery, and couldn't protect him. Little Bee explains that it isn't his fault.
    • She offers to tell Charlie her real name if he takes off his costume, but he won't so she doesn't.
    • Lawrence comes and plays with Charlie, and Little Bee goes to talk to Sarah.
    • Sarah tells Little Bee that last night when she was poking around Andrew's study, she found a book's-worth of research and writing about refugees and immigration detention centers.
    • Sarah wants to continue Andrew's work, possibly write a book.
    • Lawrence, Sarah tells Little Bee, got really mad when she told him her idea just now. Sarah tells Little Bee she needs to make a phone call, and Little Bee goes to join Lawrence and Charlie.
    • Lawrence says he'll pay Little Bee to leave. Little Bee tells Lawrence he should go back to his family. Sarah comes down the steps.
    • She asks Little Bee and Lawrence where Charlie is. They don't know.  Charlie is nowhere to be seen. He took off while they were talking.
  • Chapter 10

    • This chapter is narrated by Sarah. After she sends Little Bee to go down to Charlie and Lawrence, she calls her publisher and resigns.
    • When she returns to join Little Bee and Lawrence, she sees Charlie is missing. Frantic, she searches the beach for him, afraid he's drowned in the river.
    • Lawrence comes to Little Bee and says, "Bee, you take my phone and you go up on the embankment and you call the police. Then you wait for them, so you can show them where we are when they arrive" (10.52).
    • Sarah gives Little Bee the number for the police. She doesn't understand why Little Bee is hesitating to call.
    • Lawrence runs off, and soon returns, with Charlie in his arms. He'd been hiding in a drainage pipe. Deeply relieved, Sarah hugs Charlie and thanks Lawrence.
  • Chapter 11

    • The final chapter is narrated by Little Bee. The police arrive five minutes after she calls them. As they begin to question her, she hears the policeman's radio say, "THE CHILD HAS BEEN FOUND" (11.8).
    • When she gives her name as Little Bee, the police become suspicious and she is arrested and taken to a holding cell.
    • Sarah visits her that night in jail and Little Bee confesses to Sarah that she was there with Andrew the day of his death.
    • Three days later, Little Bee is driven to the airport and put on a plane back to Nigeria, accompanied by a guard. She's very scared.
    • While waiting for the plane to take off, Little Bee hears someone say her name. It's Sarah.
    • She and Charlie are going with her to Nigeria. Sarah believes that if she stays with Little Bee, she can protect her somehow.
    • In Nigeria, the police decide not to arrest Little Bee, Sarah, or Charlie, but guards are posted up outside their hotel room at all times.
    • Sarah wants Little Bee to help her collects stories from other survivors like her, to help bring the story to the public, and perhaps save Little Bee's life. Little Bee agrees.
    • Sarah gives the guards money every day and the guards let them walk around while it's light out.
    • One night, Little Bee dreams of her sister. The next day, she tells Sarah, "<em>Please</em>, […] <em>we have to go to the sea. I must say good-bye to my sister</em>" (11.165).
    • So Sarah gives the guards extra money and the three of them drive out to the beach in Benin City. At the beach, Charlie is having lots of fun playing with the other kids, wearing, of course, his Batman costume.
    • While Little Bee is relaxing in the sun, Sarah alerts her – some soldiers have arrived. She tells Little Bee to run on, so she can blend in with the other black women on the beach.
    • Little Bee goes down the beach to a rocky point and watches from a distance as a soldier pulls his gun on Sarah. Suddenly, Charlie starts running, and Little Bee sprints toward him.
    • Little Bee and Charlie meet, and Charlie runs into her arms.
    • She is afraid he'll get too hot, and she tells him he should take off his Batman costume.
    • Finally, she reveals her name to him. It's Udo, which means "peace."
    • The soldiers are walking toward them. Charlie takes off his Batman costume, and runs off, playing with the other children.
    • Little Bee feels a soldier's hand on her shoulder, but she doesn't look up at him. She keeps her eyes on Charlie, happy, playing in the water with the other children, and then she laughs, and keeps on laughing until the sound of her laughter is louder than the sound of the sea.