The Blackwater Novels are set in the 1930s along the Blackwater Swamp, near the fictional town of Turpentine, Georgia. Get in trouble with the twins when they shoot green tomatoes in a giant slingshot, and dynamite a toilet with a cherry bomb. Explore the magic and mystery of nature . . . hear the critters in the swamp, sleep in a treehouse, find a hidden grave, and sleep on an island by the embers of a campfire.
Johnny sneaks out to watch the steam engine on the Birmingham train take on water, and the twins see each other. Johnny is mistreated by Aunt Min and helped by Sara who lets him know that he has a twin.