Study Guide

Ship Breaker Chapter 4

By Paolo Bacigalupi

Chapter 4

  • Under the oil, Nailer finds a wheel lock and realizes to escape the oil, he needs to turn it; when he surfaces, he hears Sloth still working.
  • He tries one last time to bargain with Sloth, who decides to leave him in the oil.
  • It takes enormous effort and a couple dives, but Nailer finally opens the wheel lock, then tumbles through the ship and free falls into the ocean.
  • Screaming his joy that he's alive, he swims for the beach. Everyone there just stares at him, and when he looks down, he sees his own blood running into the water.

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