Chapter 1 "Karintha"* Karintha is sexually desired by men as a child. * Karintha becomes sexually active at a young age and lashes out emotionally. * Karintha loses emotional interest in men. * Men give Karintha money, hoping to have sex with her. * Karintha gives birth to a baby in a bed of pine needles.
Chapter 2 "Reapers"* Black field workers sharpen their scythes. * The workers begin cutting weeds in a field. * A field rat is cut and killed by the blade. * The reapers continue working.
Chapter 3 "November Cotton Flower"* The boll weevil has destroyed the cotton crops. * The dry soil takes all of the water from the rivers, and they go dry. * Birds are found dead at the bottom of wells. * A cotton flower blooms in November. * Old folks take it as a sign.
Chapter 4 "Becky"* Becky becomes pregnant by a black man and...
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