Tony lies in bed with pneumonia. In town, Narciso's death is ruled an accident or suicide. Tony keeps Andrew's secret about being seen at Rosie's house. A few days after Christmas, Leon and Eugene return from Las Vegas. They have been in a car wreck but are unharmed. They only stay for a few days. When they leave they take Andrew with them and head for Santa Fe.
The sub-theme of generational conflict returns. Gabriel's sons have their own destinies to pursue and care nothing for his dreams. The departure of Andrew, who had tried to stay loyal to the family and remain at home, shows how hard it is for the young to resist the call to adventure.