Her character, Joyce Ann Bailey, is your typical thirteen years old and an honor student in Eatontown, New Jersey. She was excited about another summertime visit by train to her grandparents' home in Suffolk, Virginia. She was filled with peacefulness of seeing her Mom's parents once again for June, July and August. But at this visit, she was weighted down with heavy images on her mind. She was confused and perplexed and didn't know what to do, Her heart was unfeeling. She wondered if Eva and Pervis Tazell, her Mom's parents, should know the truth about Jasper Bailey, her father. She knew her grandparents were aware most of Jasper's unsavory extracurricular activities but there was something she longed desperately to tell them but was warned to keep her mouth shut. Jasper couldn't stand Eva and Pervis but kept his distance. There was a quiver in his gut to not challenge the old timer. Then the unspeakable. Joy's Mom died and she was left to the whim's of an evil father and a cruel aunt.