The survivors begin laying plans to raid a nearby convenience store for food. Governor Byrne volunteers to draw off the zombies while the others make their way to the store and bring back as much food as they can carry. Rasheed is nearly eaten by a zombie in a roadblock traffic jam, but they manage to make it to the store, where they find a working truck crashed into the front of the store. They load the truck as full as they can manage and drive it back to the Pine Building, sending up a flare to let Governor Byrne know they succeeded.
When they get back, they find the front of the building far more swarmed than when they left it. A harrowing fight ensues, at the end of which the food truck and Doris’ semi are safely in the building’s basement-level garage. Judge Bell makes his move, pushing Brad to convince the others to stay in the Pine Building through the winter and let the government sort it all out. Brad is unconvinced and reports the judge’s offer to his companions.
Rasheed starts investigating the sewers as a possible escape route, only to find that they’re completely flooded. Rosalie tells him that Manhattan has a series of pumps to keep the sewers and subways from flooding—but they’ve all been off for over a week now. By the spring, most of Manhattan will be flooded, which is just one more reason to get out while they still can.
Doris manages to get her CB radio working and picks up a signal from other survivors only a dozen blocks away. They make arrangements to pick up the other survivors and bring them back to the Pine Building, and along the way pick up a trailer for Doris’ truck so that they can make good their escape from New York in the near future. Everything is looking up until it goes dramatically wrong.
The next morning, a panicked call comes over the radio: someone in the other survivors’ enclave turned in the night, and now most of them are dead. The survivor with the radio has locked himself in a closet, but he doesn’t know how long he can last. Doris and Governor Byrne immediately jump into action to go rescue the remaining survivors, but Judge Bell tries to stop them. When Doris ignores him, he tries to restrain her, only for Rosalie to hit him with her taser. It doesn’t put him down, and after he calls her a bad name and balls up his fist, Governor Byrne clocks him cold. He and Rasheed announce that everyone needs to get ready to leave—because when they get back, they’re abandoning the Pine Building. Courtney, a survivor with military experience, volunteers to come with them.
The heroes burn rubber through Manhattan in Doris’ semi, coming to the rec center where the other survivors have holed up. Zombies are crowded around the doors, so Doris decides to ram them and through the front of the building. While most of the heroes are recovering from the impact, Governor Byrne and Rasheed jump out to start getting zombies away from the room where the lone survivor is hiding. Rosalie climbs to the top of the semi and taunts zombies into ignoring her friends, while Doris starts picking off zombies with her pistol and machete. Brad tries to lure zombies away, but winds up mobbed by a swarm of zombie children.
The heroes manage to clear enough zombies away from the door to get the lone survivor to come out, and two others emerge from their hiding places as well. With the few survivors rescued, they all pile into Doris’ semi and get the hell out of Dodge.