• Casey visits her father Barney in hospital. A group of men have beaten him up outside a bookies and stole his money. The author explains that Barney has spent all of his life telling his daughter they would one day be rich, but it never happens. His daughter has to hold down two jobs to help him pay the bills.
• Casey needs somewhere to stay because she is too young to stay on her own. Barney manages to arrange for his dead wife's brother and Casey's Uncle, Phil, to look after her. Before she leaves, Barney gives her his good luck charm, a statue of the happy god.
• From the beginning Casey does not get on with Phil and his family. They disapprove of Barney's lifestyle and think it has had a negative effect upon Casey.
• From Casey's point of view, she just sees a family...
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