In general, the constant rising action of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is two-fold: One concerns the attempts by the Grangers to reclaim their former lands from the Logan family. The second concerns the Wallace family's attempts to maintain black interests in their store by terrorizing black families at night. The specific rising action takes place when the lynch mob sets out to find T. J. Avery, who has been blamed for the break-in and assault at the Barnett store. The mob also decides to include the Logans' friend, Mr. Morrision, to their list of prospective victims. The action climaxes when the cotton field is set on fire, which serves to diffuse the lynch mob.