Daisy Mae is Sonny's pet cat. Sonny lets her out of the house one night, hears screeching tires, and later finds out that someone has run over the cat and killed her. Elsie brings the cat's body into the house. She is all bloody, with broken bones. Sonny buries her in a shoe box in the back yard. Later, he realizes that the same people who had shot at his dad and put the bullet hole in the window and wall of the Hickham's house were probably the same people who had purposefully run over and killed Daisy Mae. Sonny's friends vow to help him find out who did this to poor Daisy Mae, but they get caught up in the excitement of the science fair in Bluefield and forget about the incident for awhile.