From chapter 4
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Billy gets a notice that the dogs are ready. He can get a ride in a week's time, but he cannot wait. He takes some food and sneaks out the house at night without telling his family his plan.
Billy walks through the night to Tahlequah. An unkempt, barefoot country boy, he feels out of place in the sophisticated town. He buys some clothing and cloth for his family, and some candy. Some kids at a school playground taunt him with the words "'Hillbilly, hillbilly.'" After they leave, he plays on a slide and believes he has set a record for the longest slide.