Life is not good. Miranda's family is in trouble. They just ran out of water. They got the flu(but not Miranda), so Miranda goes to the hospital to get Peter, but when she got there, he was dead, if the doctor is dead, you have no choice but to heal them yourself. Once they are all healed, they don't have that much food. Miranda wants to go to town and kill herself so the rest of her family can have more food to live. When she gets to town men are giving people food, and say they will have more
When the doctor is dead, at least try to be one so you do not die. Because in the book the doctor died, so Miranda has to be one for a little bit. Because of the situation, Miranda had to help her family get back to health.