Out Of The Dust
This is the story of 14-year-old Billie Jo Kelby, who tells the hardships of living on her family's wheat farm in the Oklahoma Panhandle during the dust bowl years of the Depression. Billie Jo and her parents are barely making a living as the winds and dust continually destroys their wheat crop. One of the small pleasures in her life is when Billie Jo plays her beloved piano; however, a terrible accident deprives Billie Jo of this pleasure. While cooking breakfast one morning, Billie Jo's pregnant mother mistakes a bucket of kerosene for a bucket of water and catches on fire. Billie Jo wanting to help grabs the bucket and ends up splashing her mother with even more kerosene. Her mother and newborn brother die leaving behind Billie Jo, who has badly burned and scared hands, and her embittered father. No longer able to play her piano and growing ever more distant from her father, Billie Jo catches a train headed west, and realizes that there is no getting out of the dust of Oklahoma or her home.