So, Bud meets up with Bugs, a boy from the home, and together they go to Hooverville, the shanty town in Flint, in order to hop a train to California to get jobs. At the shantytown, Bud meets Deza Malone, who turns out to be a good friend. When Bud misses the train, he goes back to Flint, and a nice librarian helps him figure out how to get to Grand Rapids, where Calloway lives. On his hike to faraway Grand Rapids, Bud meets Lefty Lewis, who picks him up by bribing him with food. Bud gets to sleep in a real bed at Lefty's daughter's house, and Lefty gives Bud a lift to the Rapids.