Climbing onto the deck, Joana cannot find Emilia. She helps direct pregnant women towards Dr. Wendt and Dr. Richter, who are loading the wounded onto boats. She watches, in horror, as an anti-aircraft gun comes unmoored from the deck, slides, and crashes into a lifeboat, drowning its passengers.
Joana remains dedicated to helping other people even as delaying her escape puts her own life in grave danger. The novel is sympathetic in its portrayal of selfless characters like Joana.