Manjiro goes outside after everyone falls asleep and thinks deeply about Japan and the coming changes that are inevitable.
He can't help thinking that Japan's been this sleepy little country while America's been innovating and speeding ahead.
He wonders if Japan will be like America one day—at least technologically.
One morning, a messenger comes for Manjiro.
He says that Manjiro has to go to Kochi on the orders of the lord of Tosa.
Manjiro's mom wants to know why, but the messenger knows nothing. He can only say that there are rumors: Either Manjiro will be thrown back into jail for being a spy or he'll be turned into a samurai for all of his knowledge about America.
Manjiro doesn't know what will happen to him; he just knows who he is—a fisherman at heart, but someone who's been weathered by all the events he's gone through… maybe just enough to make him a samurai.