"Doug knew them all, except one. His dad talked about him, but Doug never saw his truck. He never came with the other men in the morning. Doug heard his name often enough, so he knew he worked for his dad. But he never saw him. His name was Jim Hines." (3)
Douglas Ford Jr.'s dad owns the neighborhood wood company in Detroit in the 1930s. While Doug knows every other worker, he hears about Jim Hines but never sees him. His questions go unanswered, even after he begins to work for his dad to pay for some lost school books. What's the big secret? Read Who's Jim Hines by Jean Alicia Elster to find out.