In the summer of 1954, thirteen-year-old Jubie Watts embarks on a trip with her family from their home in Charlotte, North Carolina, to visit their mother's brother, Uncle Taylor Bentley, in Pensacola, Florida. Jammed into the car are Jubie; Mama; sixteen-year-old sister Stell, who has a driver's license and is anxious to use it; the two youngest children, seven-year-old Puddin and two-year-old Davie; and the family's black maid, Mary. Daddy will not be coming along on this leg of the trip, but will meet everyone later for an extended vacation at South Carolina's Pawley's Island....
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