Alfred finds James back in their old hideout, symbolizing James's regression and fear. James asks for help in returning there, but he outwardly rejects Alfred's help until Alfred threatens to leave. Alfred is not conned by James this time, and he succeeds in getting James to agree to go to the hospital first and then deal with the rest of his life. Alfred, knowing just how hard it is to get through a tough time alone, tells James he will be there for him all the way. The book comes full circle as Alfred loses James's friendship, becomes alone and disillusioned, discovers boxing and truths about himself, then uses what he has gained to be a real friend to James.