With prisoners being force-fed - they must all remain strong.
Ernie finds himself fighting against old friends and he sees no point in living now that Ita is gone. The ensuing battle seeing few walk away alive.
Ernie decides to go against his parents wishes and joins the rebels in the fight for Northern Ireland to gain their independence.
He is befriended by O'Toole and Kelly and is introduced to Ita Feeney, who steals his heart.