At the end of the story when Captain Tory calls the ship, he's confused on whether or not he should go on the ship with his crew, or live with Paul and his mother. After the crew gets tired of waiting, they exit the ship to see what's taking so long. The people who come out of the boat end up being the people in the town as a ghost. Paul sees the people as ghosts and runs home. The memories were about the day of the crash and Paul, his Mother, and the rest of the town, except Captain Tory, were living in the past.