Ten year-old Little Man wants to be accepted by Tico and Amon, but in order to do so he must pass an initiation first. He must retrieve a piece of junk from the altar built by "crazy" Lucy Johnson. Everyone says Lucy Johnson is a witch. She calls her altar a "Sanctuary," a place where spirits of the dead rest in peace.
When Little Man gets caught by the old woman and comes to know her, he realizes that the sanctuary and Lucy Johnson are special. But the neighborhood block club wants to tear down her sanctuary because they consider it an eyesore. Little Man knows he has to do something!