At a young age, Shorty sees his father killed by gang members wielding clubs and machetes right in front of his eyes. When he later joins the Route 9 gang that rules one part of the slums of Site Solèy, the violence in his life escalates. He sees many people gunned down, either by a rival gang or government forces, and he is also taught to shoot and kill people at the age of 12. In the other narrative, Toussaint tries to conduct his revolution peacefully whenever possible, but it is a war, and violence is unavoidable. He sees white men dismember his friend and nail hism to a tree, and he remembers the horrors inflicted on the slaves, including rape and severe beatings.