Section 4 Summary

It is the day of the hanging. Nat and Hark are still in their adjoining cells. It is early in the morning, and both men are asleep. Nat is having one of his reoccurring dreams. He is in a small boat, floating down a river toward the ocean. Surrounding the river is a forest wilderness that looks untouched by man. He hears the sound of ocean waves crashing on the distant shore. Though the sound is loud and somewhat menacing, Nat is relaxed. Nothing disturbs him. He has found peace.

As he nears the mouth of the river, he sees a white building up ahead. He has no idea what the building represents, why it is there, or what activities might be taking place inside. He senses that it is not a temple or other type of monument....

(The entire section is 531 words.)