Her assumption is that David had been found along the road by Ben, who killed him and disposed of the body. She describes how there once was a girl and she had a shadow. The media is alerted to what has happened, and news stations and papers carry the story.
She defies racist hiring policies in wartime San Francisco to become the first black streetcar conductor at age fifteen. One Easter Sunday, Maya is unable to finish reciting a poem in church, and self-consciously feeling ridiculed and a failure, Maya races from the church crying, laughing, and wetting herself.
Helen manages to break out of the police car, and rushes for her family's store, where her sister Elsa lets her in.
Julie rushes in to tell Barry and Helen, but when they return, the crabs and Max's body have disappeared from the trunk.
Her goal in life is to please her father, who is prone to drinking and rages.