The Diaper Gang might not sound dangerous, but when Beans Curry is involved there is danger and adventure around every corner. Set in Key West during the Great Depression, Beans has to figure out a way to help his family have food on the table. That means becoming part of Johnny Cakes' smuggling operation. When Beans sees the stacks of coffins in Johnny's warehouse, he could not imagine what his new life of crime will mean.
Beans' life in Key West is dramatically different from the resort town that we know today. Whether he is using his grandmother's girdle to keep his baby brother from jumping out of his crib, becoming a marbles champion with his gang, the Keepsies, or reading the Sears catalog while visiting the outhouse, Beans' life is hardly as boring as "watching our toenails grow" (Holm 28) on Duval Street.
From being part of a scheme setting off fire alarms, going to the pictures, and selling gum that he has to dig out of dilly trees, Beans eventually learns about both his town and himself. As part of the New Deal renovations coming to the island, Beans is a powerful voice on the front line of Key West's reinvention.
Holm, Jennifer L. Full of Beans. New York: Random House, 2016. Print.