- After the death of Captain Nicholls, Joey gets a new rider: Trooper Warren.
- Warren isn't the graceful swan that Nicholls was; he is "heavy in the saddle like a sack of potatoes" (7.4). Having given numerous piggyback rides to sacks of potatoes in our time, we sympathize.
- As they get into a minor skirmish here and there, Warren and Joey start to bond. Warren reads letters from home; Joey starts thinking Warren is really nice, even if he is a terrible rider.
- Time passes relatively peacefully, as far as wars go, until it's time for Warren and Joey to ride through the barbed wire into no-man's land.