Zach's father when on a secret mission to capture and bring home one who they called The Rat. So he goes into the house by himself knocks out the rat and using him as defense against The Rat's goonies.
Zach's father then makes his escape and drags The Rat into the car where the getaway driver is waiting and ready to go. The driver goes just in time because the goonies started chasing them.
Then, Zach's father lost them, boarded the plane and began his trip home. I chose this because it is the opening scene of the book and gives the reader strong imagery and how Zach's father used to tell stories of his own adventures.