So, Mama (Cassie's mom) organizes a boycott of the Wallace store and arranges for the local black families to get credit from a store in Vicksburg, the nearby biggest town. Bad move. The boycott doesn't go over too well with the Wallaces. On their way back from Vicksburg, Papa Logan, Mr. Morrison, and Stacey (Cassie's older brother) are attacked by the Wallace brothers. Big mistake #2, but this time for the Wallaces: the huge Mr. Morrison roughs them up pretty badly (he almost breaks one's back). In the process, Papa is shot (luckily not fatally) and ends up with a broken leg when the horse wagon falls on it. And then , Mama gets fired from her teaching position because of the boycott.