This book is about an African American family during the years of civil rights. Their father has just bought a new Cadillac to drive down south with. The mother of the family is not happy about this and refuses to ride in the car. She finally gives in and the whole family heads down south in the gold Cadillac to visit their relatives. On the way down people give give them dirty looks because African Americans are not supposed to be that rich. A policeman pulls them over and accuses the father of stealing the car. After this the father decides to sell the car and get a plainer car so people will not harass them.