The Haitian boy named Virgil in the novel Seedfolks has just finished fifth grade and is looking forward to having the summer off. His father, on the other hand, is hard-working, ambitious, and has other ideas for his son. While Virgil is very obedient and helps his father grow fancy lettuce to sell to restaurants, he also just wants to be a kid. He helps his father in the hopes of getting a new eighteen speed bike with the money they earn. He is also curious and notices everything, from the rat crawling up a mans leg, to the rusty locket that he finds while digging in the dirt. Also, like most kids, he is very self conscious and embarrassed by his father. For example, he is embarrassed when his father takes up more space in the garden than the rest of the community and lies about it to their neighbor, who is also Virgil's former third grade teacher. He is also very embarrassed and disappointed when their harvest fails because all of the lettuce wilts in the heat. Virgil and his father are inexperienced gardeners, but they're learning along the way.