Mim is traumatized by the bus crash and the assault and gets off at a random stop in Kentucky.
She meets a boy named Walt who has down syndrome. She believes that he took her "war paint" while she was sleeping so she follows him.
Walt takes her to a makeshift camp where they eat and sleep. They tell each other how they ended up where they are and become friends.
Walt convinces her to go swimming and try to relax. Mim is hesitant but finally agrees.
Mim and Walt are under attack by a camp-mate and run to the gas-station. At this gas station, they discover that it is owned by Arlene's nephew. Mim returns the box to him.
A man known as the "pale whale" is in a hot tub on the roof of the gas station. Walt asks where the Karate Kid is at. Mim is very confused about the situation, especially considering there is a crazy bloody guy running after them.