He makes a return to the land he walked with his mother.
John's mother disappears for a while, coming home to make a brief heaven for her oldest son.
A priest and a violent guard, the boy's father, each take John by the ear.
John is taken from the house in which his mother is dying to live with his father in the barracks.
After his mother's death, John moves with his siblings to live with her memory, and his difficult father, at the police barracks.