Milberry Jones finds that he meets with demeaning treatment and exploitation on his new job, which isn't very different from the treatment that caused him to leave his previous job.
Milberry is hired sight-unseen through an employment agency to work at Dr. Renfield's Summer Home for Crippled Children. When Mrs. Osborn, the housekeeper, sees that the new kitchen boy is a "Negro," she is perplexed because she does not know where he can sleep or how the other employees will react to him.
Milberry has come from segregated Georgia to New Jersey in order to find more opportunities. Yet at the Home for Crippled Children, he encounters treatment similar to what he has experienced in the South. He is exploited by being paid less than the Scandinavian man he has replaced, he is asked to perform tasks outside of his job description, and he is treated as an inferior, being made to sleep separately from the other help.
Then, when he performs tasks that the indolent nurses do not want to do and there is an accident, he is fired even though the child whose wheelchair breaks is uninjured. Despite this fact, Dr. Renfield keeps saying,
"Criminal carelessness! Criminal carelessness! [and] Mrs. Osborn kept agreeing with him...."
"Indeed it is! Mulberry was to blame."
"Get rid of him today. The fool nigger! And deduct...for that broken wheelchair."
Milberry Jones returns "where he had been hungry for weeks in Newark and Jersey City." He could just as well have stayed in Georgia.