A notable absence here is that of a hero. Bill might have been one for his courage against the masses, but he is long gone and is the cause of much controversy and confusion. Matt might have been a hero figure, except he is tired and old, having lost something and suffering from heart conditions. The protagonist, Jethro, is too young. The country seems to have a need for a hero as well, as they turn from general to general, placing their faith and confidence in man after man, despite knowing nothing about them. This void creates a space to be filled, leaving Jethro and the country wondering who will fill it.