The Road to Memphis takes place in late 1941. It is the fourth and final book that tells the story of the Logan family, who are black landowners in rural Mississippi. The novel is narrated by Cassie, who is now seventeen years old.
While Cassie is becoming an adult and struggling with her plans for the future, she also witnesses the racial harassment directed at her friends and family. When her friend Moe retaliates against a racial attack with a crowbar, Cassie, her brother, and their friends accompany him to Memphis. Once in Memphis, he is able to catch a train heading north, where he will be safe. Although racial tensions are a major theme of this novel, it is also important to remember the US is struggling economically at the time, as the nation is on the brink of entering World War II.