Lonnie C. Motion has decided to write a series of letters to his precious younger sister, Lili, to mark the Before Times. When Lonnie turns 21, he and Lili can be together again. These letters will record the memories of everything that happened before that magical day. For now, Lonnie is looking for himself in his gift for writing poetry. He still lives with Miss Edna and her son, Rodney, who has become an older brother to Rodney. The day is about to arrive when Miss Edna's older son, Jenkins, may be coming back from the war. Lonnie's family grows and he finds that his new brothers can really understand him. Everyone has a dream and sometimes that dream isn't what we find ourselves living. But, as MIss Edna's says, it's important to be "livin' it" and Lonnie is making sure he and Lili are both "livin' it" as they wait for the day they can be a family again. Powerful and poignant only as Jacqueline Woodson's insightful pen and heart can reveal.