David, Petra, and Rosalind continue on their escape. They now believe Sally and Katherine may be already dead. Michael, still in Waknuk, warns David, Rosalind, and Petra that there is a search party following their trail. Petra continues to communicate with the Sealand woman and finds out that everyone in Sealand can communicate telepathically. As they continue to get farther from Waknuk the land around becomes more wild, and David reckons that they have made it to the Fringes. At the end of the chapter, something falls out of the trees and hits David.
There is no electricity on Sunday. And no preacher. But the black man from the dairy farm comes with his only living calf tied on a rope so nobody will steal it and a few school teachers and the fat lady who ran the dog grooming place that’s gone now, and some kids with pants sagging around their hips and the guy everybody thinks is a child molester is there in a plaid shirt, and the couple who kept half the money from their charity fund raiser, and one mechanic, and a blind lady who went to this church three times a week, every one of them is gathered on the blacktop where one church still stands, leaning toward an elm tree like an old man on a cane, and everyone keeps on praying at it. Forgive us, forgive us, forgive us.