* The first chapter of the book begins in the rural mountains of Haiti; Joseph Binbin Mauvant, Mama Lola's great grandfather, disappears.
* The short, fictitious story told here is one of Mama Lola's family lore and held as historical truth.
* Manman Marasa, the wife of Mauvant, is going about her usual morning business of breakfast and tending to children.
* Most of the compound's women have made the long journey down the mountain to the market.
* Mauvant dresses and assumes his usual post beneath the cottonsilk tree, where he regularly sits sipping his special rum mixture and doling out medicine and advice.
* Mauvant is what they call a "franginen" or a true African who has the spirits "on him" always.
* All morning Mauvant is muttering that he is "going" but no one pays him much attention.
* Around noon that day, after sitting, swilling his rum...
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