Peak Marcello is caught climbing the Woolworth Building and is sent to the JDC due to his recklessness.
During his time in the JDC, Peak is given two Moleskins from his literary mentor, Vincent. He is assigned to fill at least one to graduate Greene Street School.
At court, Peak is let off with a fine of $150,000, and probation until the age of 18. He must go with his biological father to Thailand to erase himself from the media.
Josh drops off Peak at The Summit Hotel after alerting him that Zopa, a monk and past sidar, will be taking him the Mt. Everest's base camp. Instead, he meets Sun-jo, a Nepalese boy who takes him to Zopa.
Zopa, Peak, and Sun-jo arrive at base camp after Sun-Jo and Peak had been prepared and trained along the way.
Zopa, the film crew, Holly, Peak, and Sun-Jo make it up to ABC. Peak's throat is in bad shape as he reaches it. Holly seems perfectly fine.