Byron’s behavior verged on aberration, much to momma and dad’s chagrin. We are told about Byron’s infamous incidents. Notwithstanding momma’s warnings, Byron has been caught trifling with matches many times. Once when momma totally loses her wig over Byron’s relentless playing with the fire, she decides to burn his finger. But, little Joey, who was scared for her brother, would put out the match every time momma lit it. Second incident was the pedestal of his crassness, when he got himself a conk. Joey and Kenny are tensed as to how dad would react at Byron’s Mexican hairstyle. But dad, instead of duffing him up, quietly shaves his hair off and pours his after-shave on his head that leaves him screaming because of its singing feeling. The entire family makes fun of Byron for the odd shape of his head and how his ears stick out of it.
We are then told about how dad tinkers with the car and gets it fixed. He even gets a record player for the car that leaves momma in fumes. Dad to placate momma bells out a song for her. She then tells him that the kids need to go, that they are all visiting Grandma to knock Byron down by a peg or two and if that doesn’t sort him, he will be staying longer with her.
The kids are happy about their swimming excursion but Grandma Sands warns them not to go to the Collier’s Landing as a boy had got himself in the whirlpool and lost his life. But Kenny is insistent on going to Collier’s Landing. Byron, then explains him and Joey that the ‘Wool Pooh’ is Winnie the Pooh’s evil brother and how he snatches little kids who go for swimming there. But Kenny is just determined to experience some thrill and so he defies Byron and goes into the lake and tries catching fish. He then spots a big green turtle and decides to keep it as a pet instead of a fish since he couldn’t really catch any of it. He tries to grab the turtle but fails to reach it. Just then he feels that the ground before him is cracking up and before he could make any move he was underwater. He thought he will take on the ‘Wool Pooh’ but couldn’t as he was stronger than him. Suddenly, he sees something vehemently scratching at the water and that is none other than Byron. Byron saves Kenny who spews out and blubbers like a kindergarten child. Kenny is in total shock over the Collier’s Landing accident.
On a Sunday morning, Kenny wakes up to find Joey togged up in a frilly dress and black shiny shoes and goes to the Church with the neighbors. In a lethargic mood, he goes outside and sits under a tree and is lulled into sleep. He is awakened by a thunderous sound. Soon after, they learn that the Church Joey had gone to has been bombed. The family, devastated on hearing the news, rush to the Church to look for Joey. But they can’t find her anywhere. Meanwhile, Kenny putters off into the crumbled Church and finds a shoe similar to the one that Joey wore that morning. He removes it from the rubble and suddenly slips into the traumatic memory of ‘Wool Pooh’ and thinks that it got Joey. Scared and shocked, he runs from the site and heads home. Everybody is happy to see Joey return home unscathed. Joey said she saw Kenny waving out at him and so she came out of the Church to see him. But Kenny is too traumatized and so he believes that it isn’t Joey but her ghost. After, sometime he is pacified and realizes that it is indeed Joey.
Momma and dad are worried about Kenny’s growing ‘disappearing acts’. He overhears dad and momma’s conversation about bombing. Byron finally finds out about Kenny’s hiding place – which was behind the couch. Byron tries to ease Kenny’s apprehensive state and so he encourages him to engage in activities like watching cartoon and playing basketball. One day, Byron calls Kenny in the bathroom and shows him his first sign of manliness – his first ever chin follicles. Kenny breaks down after he sees his reflection in the mirror. He unbosoms before Byron and tells him how abashed he feels for not helping Joey. Byron comforts him by telling him that had Joey not seen him waving at her, she probably wouldn’t have come out of the church to follow him. He consoles him by saying that he doesn’t need to feel contrite for what happened. Kenny wants to know why some people hurt little children, to which Byron answers that some people have let hate manipulate them and have turned themselves into monsters.