The dry season has gotten off to a fine start, with temperatures topping ninety by nine in the morning. The line for water rations is just forming when Crater and his motorcycle gang (name?) roll into Tabernacle. Crater and Parson know each other, and Crater’s brought his gang down from Tennessee. Parson agrees to allow them to shelter in Tabernacle in exchange for their help.
The proceedings are interrupted when Roark appears from the Tunnels with two women. One of them is a dirty teenager, a stranger with long, wild blonde hair and big, blue eyes. The other is Tonkin, one of Roark’s missing women, who’s wearing a trenchcoat that covers what appears to be dynamite belt. She’s shaking with fear. Roark says she’s been sent with a message, but she’s not able to speak. At least, not until the teen girl, Isle, calms her down. At that point, Tonkin says Barnabas demands the return of Shazza and Tabernacle’s submission to his rule, or there will be blood.