The city recovers from the storm and attempts to deal with the dead bodies. There is no time or space for burying, so they attempt to bury them “at sea” by dumping hundreds of bodies from a barge into the Gulf of Mexico. Unfortunately, many of the bodies land back on the shore, making the problem worse. City leaders are left with no choice but to burn the bodies in large piles. Rumors, often racist in nature, begin to spread through the town. The smell of death permeates every part of Galveston Help begins to arrive from various sources. Some of the gifts are not very useful, but some are life-saving.