Matt, Fidelito, and Chacho visit the empty Gulf of California, where they discover the bones of dead whales that washed up on the shore. they also find some human skulls that show that some people died in the Gulf.
The Keeper Jorge continues to terrorize Matt and his friends into confessing their wrong doings even though they don't have any. He proceeds to hit a boy named Ton-Ton with a cane in hopes to break Matt's silence and degrade him in front of all the other boys. Jorge eventually gets Matt to confess though threatening to beat up Fidelito.
Matt is taken to the infirmary after the beating. He spends the night there. When he wakes up he talks to Ton-Ton about the keepers and the boys in the factory. He finds out that at night all the keepers take a drug to fall asleep instantly. This and other information about the keepers will benefit Matt in the future.