Ed, Bobby, and the wounded Lewis make it to Aintry in one of the canoes. Ed calls for an ambulance to take him and Lewis to the hospital, while Bobby stays to talk with the police. Bobby and Ed take rooms at the Colonial Lodge, sharing supper with the other lodgers, all of whom are polite and caring, even when Ed breaks out in tears. The next day, Sheriff Bullard drops by to question Bobby and give him the news that they found a broken canoe, but it was upriver from the spot at the bottom of the rapids where Bobby told him that the events took place. Bobby and Ed lead them to the spot, and they trawl the river for Drew's body but find nothing. The sheriff and his deputy are suspicious about their story and inform them that Deputy Queen (Macon McCalman) has a brother-in-law who went hunting about three days ago and who hasn't returned. Ed denies seeing him. With nothing on which to hold them, the sheriff gets his deputy to drive them to the hospital, where Lewis is just waking up. The doctor informs them that Lewis may lose his leg. Ed whispers to Lewis that they had to change their story, but Lewis simply asks what happened after that last rapid because he doesn't remember a thing. Ed and Bobby pack up and get ready to return to Atlanta. Ed says that he'll break the news to Drew's wife. Sheriff Bullard drives up to ask two final questions: (1) was there a third person along when the Griner brothers drove their cars to Aintry (yes), and (2) why did they have four life jackets, if there was only the three of them. Ed tells him that Drew wasn't wearing his when he fell into the water, but he doesn't know why. The sheriff then gives them a piece of advice: "Don't never do something like this again. Don't come back up here. I'd kinda like to see this town die peaceful." After the sheriff leaves, Bobby tells Ed that he's not going to be seeing him for awhile, and they part ways. On the way out of town, Ed sees workers digging up a local graveyard, preparing to move the coffins. Ed returns home to his wife and son. In the final scene, Ed awakens from a nightmare of a hand rising from the lake. His wife shushes him, calms him down, and tells him to go back to sleep.