A clothing manufacturer's sweatshop is burned down. The Jewish Temple is vandalized. An Asian storeowner is harassed. Rachel's father (who buys the cloth for the sweatshop) has a new girlfriend (younger than Rachel) and is as disappointing to Rachel as always. Mr. Metzger has a heart attack but, before he dies, he tells a story about the two of them going to the circus. While Tony and Rachel are clearing out her father's apartment she is surprised at the things he has kept over the years but Tony finds a ledger hidden underneath a drawer. The book contains dates and dollar amounts; the first two dates are two fires in sweatshops and the other two dates are approaching.