Today the death toll jumps to 423. Kathy calls Claiborne every hour, and then calls Todd Gambino’s girlfriend, who is in Mississippi, and hasn’t heard from Todd in a week. They wonder if the men could be together, and agree to keep in touch.
Kathy perseveres in her attempts to find any information she can about Zeitoun, talking to any of her many contacts from the city.
Ahmad keeps calling from Spain, and even looks into flights to New Orleans to look for his brother on the ground—he would be the only one in his family who could do so, since getting visas from Syria is hopeless.
Ahmad might feel even more helpless than Kathy, given how far away he is, but his idea seems far-fetched and dangerous all the same.