Jack and Early head off into the Maine wilderness on a quest to find a huge bear. And some other things, too, including Early's dead brother. There are a million coincidences and everything ties together quite cleverly in the end.
Things are changing in the Gaither household. After soaking up a "power to the people" mind-set over the summer, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern return to Brooklyn with a new streak of independence. Pa has a girlfriend. Uncle Darnell is home from Vietnam, but he's not the same. And a new singing group called the Jackson Five has the girls seeing stars.