The survivors make their way to the docks to grab a trailer for Doris’ semi. While the others get the trailer hitched up and scavenge for useful goods, Doris gets shot at by a maniac hiding in a warehouse. Rosalie and Rasheed find a smuggler’s stash of explosives and take a few bricks of C4 with them—just in case.
They rush back to the Pine Building, where evacuation procedures are well underway. The elderly Chadwick brothers mention their intentions to stay behind to Rosalie. Patrick is too sick to travel without significant attention, and Aaron won’t leave his little brother behind. Governor Byrne convinces them to come along, against the advice of Judge Bell and Dr. Hart, both of whom argue that the Chadwicks would be a major drain on the enclave’s resources.
The survivors load up into the vehicles and bid the Pine Building goodbye, making their way toward the ferry docks. The ferry itself has a few walkers on it, but quick work is made of them. The vehicles make their way carefully onto the ferry, and Brad is able to safely pilot it out of the dock. Once they are away from shore, they see that the zombies don’t seem to care for water, refusing to go into it unless knocked in by accident.
After some discussion, the group decides to make for as far south as the ferry’s fuel will take them, all the way past Staten Island to New Jersey. Coming ashore, they find the road out of the ferry station blocked by security bars, as well as a crowd of “sleeping” zombies littering the area. Rosalie sneaks to the guard shack to disable the bars—only to find something horrific waiting for her.
The guard shack explodes as an enormous mutated zombie bursts its way free. The creature is easily eight feet tall and half a ton, bulging with grotesquely expanded and ruptured muscles. The other zombies pick themselves up and lunge to the attack. The others distract the heavy zombie while Rosalie struggles to find and use the gate controls. In the midst of the battle, Governor Byrne suffers a cracked rib—and Doris is bitten!
Though the zombies are finally defeated and Rosalie opens the gates, the others fear it might be too late for Doris. An hour or so down the road, Doris finally calls for a stop to explain her situation to the others. She offers to let them keep the truck and leave her behind, but they won’t hear of it. After all, they’ve all heard the rumors of people being immune, and Dr. Hart can’t even confirm that the zombie broke through the skin when it bit Doris. They agree that Doris is to stay with the group—no matter what.
Chilled and weary, the survivors are nonetheless free. The only question now is where to go next.