Josie is embattled. She’s fighting the notion that she needs house to have a home. Every fiber of Josie wants home for her children to be with her in the Chateau. But in reality, Josie is afraid she has become a quitter, by taking her children to Alaska. She tangos with the idea when saying, “After her parents and their atomization, she had always identified with the stayers, the homesteaders. But she knew no one who stayed anywhere. Even in Panama, most of the locals she met would just as soon live somewhere else, and most of them asked her casually or directly about getting visas to come to the U.S. So who stayed? Were you crazy to stay anywhere? The stayers were either of the salt of the earth, the reason there are families and communities and continuity of culture and country, or they were plain idiots. We change! We change! And virtue is not only for the changeless. You can change your mind, or your setting, and still possess integrity. You can move away without becoming a quitter, a ghost (154).” This choice of words isn’t by coincidence. But that comes later. Josie wants to believe the Chateau can be home for Paul and Ana because she actively takes part in their lives. She’s a caring, loving parent. So going rogue with her kids is acceptable. Carl went ghost several months prior to Josie’s excursion. He scored a new job in Florida with a sweet new visor. “A few months after their split he’d gotten a job in Florida and was gone. His employment out of state, it seemed, gave him license to become a ghost (175).” The difference between the two is that Carl ran away from his kids. He wasn’t involved with his children and partaking in Josie’s idea of home. The other main talking point between these two is “integrity”. Carl abandons home completely and therefore has no integrity and no virtue. Josie simply needed a breathe of fresh air and new life in her. Home had lost its meaning so she set out to reinvent it by going to Alaska. It is here Josie hopes to find some “salt of the earth” individuals with bountiful homes and cultures to share with her children. Alaska would align her family the right way.