As the book tells us, the kid spends a long time riding around begging and barely getting by. One night, he has to stop at the house of a crazy old hermit who takes him in and gives him food and water. It's clear that being alone out in the desert has made this dude crazy.
The kid and the hermit sit and chat by the fire for a while, and the hermit tells the story about how he used to be a slave dealer and gives a general philosophy about life.
The kid decides to leave when he wakes up in the middle of the night and finds the hermit leaning over him and watching him sleep.
The next day, the kid runs into a group of men on horses herding a bunch of cattle. He joins up with them. He soon gets separated from them and follows a horsecart full of dead bodies into a nearby town.
The kid goes into a bar and demands a drink, saying he'll sweep the floors in exchange. But even after he's swept the floors, the bartender won't give him anything. So you know what that means: it's time to fight. The kid grabs two liquor bottles while the bartender grabs a huge hammer. The kid gets the better of it and probably kills the dude, leaving him in a bloody heap. Then for good measure, the kid steals a couple of bottles of liquor and leaves.
The next morning, the kid wakes up super hung over with his mule missing. But after a while, he finds it and washes himself in a river.