The survivors realize that food and water will soon be an issue, but the most pressing one is shelter. Out on the road, they’re sitting ducks for a horde to catch up to them, even past the worst parts of New York. They decide to head up the road a ways to an old rest stop, hoping to temporarily fortify it against danger. The few zombies they find there are easily dispatched, and the survivors spend a cold, fearful night there.
The next day, the group starts trying to decide their route to safety. When Rosalie mentions that her sister is in Pennsylvania, Doris insists that the group travel that way to at least confirm whether she’s alive or dead. Some of the other grumble, and Brad quips that Rosalie should just let it go—her sister is definitely dead.
While on the road, the survivors notice a sign that says “Survivors welcome!” pasted up on a freeway exit. Despite some misgivings, they decide to check it out. On the outskirts of a town called Bethlehem, they run into a young man and his sister, Elijah and Mary Mathis, who are dressed almost like Mormon missionaries. The two young people explain that their father, a Baptist preacher, has built a sanctuary for people on the run from the zombie hordes, a place where all are welcome. Though the survivors look forward to the chance at a warm bed and real food, everyone is suspicious about having to leave their weapons behind.
Once at the compound, a walled area that used to be a tourist-oriented historical Quakertown, Courtney and the Chadwick brothers choose to stay with the vehicles while everyone else disarms and makes their way inside. One of the guards is rude to Rasheed for “looking like a Muslim,” but Elijah insists that “Father” wouldn’t want anyone excluded. Inside, the group meets the friendly, bearded Father Zachariah Mathis and his wife Ruth. They also get to see the community they’re building, a place protected by walls and populated by easily as many people as the ragtag band of New York survivors.
Everyone is given a chance to clean up and get ready for dinner, and Father Zachariah offers to let them stay a few days to catch their bearings—or longer, if they want to join the community. Dinner is pleasant, but everyone finds themselves becoming sleepy afterwards, and Doris and Rosalie go back out to the trucks to take food to those who stayed outside. Doris can’t keep her eyes open any longer and just goes to sleep in the truck, with Rosalie refusing to walk back alone. Governor Byrne, Rasheed, and Brad are given rooms in a bunkhouse with some of the other survivors.
In the middle of the night, Brad is accosted by men with guns who seem intent on doing something with him, but he makes a run for it. Rasheed, not asleep at all, sees this and makes his way out into the night as well. When people try to get Doris to open up the truck—which is unsuccessful, since Doris is passed right out—Rosalie is suspicious and sneaks back to the compound. The three of them meet and witness Elijah leading a hunting party looking for Brad and Rasheed. Most disturbing is that they seem to be leading a pair of zombies on chains, using them like hunting dogs.
Fearing for their lives—and those of their friends—the three survivors run and hide.