Where the Crawdads Sing

  • Ma Leaves

    When Kya is only 6 years old, her mother leaves her family. Her two older sisters and oldest brother leave soon after, and she is left with only Pa and her brother Jodie.
  • Jodie Leaves

    After caring for Kya for a while, Jodie decides he can't live with Pa any longer and he must leave. He abandons Kya.
  • Kya Goes to School

    Social services shows up at Kya's house and force her to attend school. She goes for one day and is made fun of for not knowing anything. She decides that she will never go back to school again.
  • Kya Meets Tate

    One day Kya takes Pa's boat out into the marsh and gets lost. A young man named Tate, who was friends with Jodie, helps her get back home.
  • Pa Leaves

    When Kya is 10, her father leaves and doesn't return. She starts selling mussels to support herself and learns how to garden.
  • The Feather

    One day, Kya finds a rare feather stuck into a tree stump as if it was left there for her. The next day, she finds another one. She soon finds out the person leaving the gifts is Tate. They start meeting each other every day, and he teaches her to read.
  • Tate and Kya Kiss

    After the kiss, they start seeing each other romantically.
  • Tate Leaves

    Tate leaves to go to college in Chapel Hill, and promises to return for the Fourth of July. He breaks his promise and never comes back to her.
  • Kya Meets Chase

    Kya is now 19, and starts developing an interest in Chase Andrews, a popular teenager in town. They start dating, and she gives him a shell necklace.
  • Chase Leaves

    Tate comes back to Kya to find her with Chase. However, he finds out that Chase is actually engaged to another woman. He tells Kya.
  • Jodie Returns

    Jodie comes back and brings the news that Ma had died two years before.
  • Chase's Body is Found

    Two young boys find the body of Chase Andrews at the bottom of an abandoned fire tower in the marsh. The police begin a murder investigation. They have difficulty finding any evidence at the scene.
  • Kya is Arrested

    The Sheriff finds information on Kya and arrests her. She sits in jail for two months and then goes to trial. Despite having evidence against her, she is ruled not guilty and is released.
  • Happily Ever After

    Tate tries to see Kya after the trial, but is stopped when he is told that his father has passed away. When Kya sees him after the funeral, she realizes that she has loved him all along. They start a life together. When Kya is 65, she passes away.
  • Kya is Guilty

    After Kya's death, Tate is going through some of her old stuff when he finds a box of old poems. He finds one poem that describes murdering Chase Andrews, and he finds his shell necklace. This proves that Kya was the murderer. Tate burns the poems and throws the shell necklace into the marsh.