1. What is the first major incident that happens in the story?
Part 1 begins with the tale of a flash flood that plagues High Lonesome, the home of the Casey family. Lily Casey, a ten year old girl, rescues her siblings from the flood and camps out in a cottonwood tree until the danger has passed.
2. What was the first indication that there was trouble brewing?
Lily states, "Those old cows knew trouble was coming before we did," Part 1, p. 3 The cows, like the other animals, have instincts that are much sharper than the humans. When Lily notices that the cows are acting strange, she knows that something bad is going to happen regarding the weather. Although flash floods come very fast, Lily is able to act in time.
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