Easter Monday in the year 1916: Henry belongs to the Irish Citizen Army and revolts together with other rebels — about two hundred — under the command of James Connolly, Tom Clarke and Patrik Pearse. This insurrection is known as Easter Rising.

They seize the General Post Office (G.P.O) and begin to install barricades. Henry is along with Paddy Swanzy and Felix Harte.

The insurrectionists endued The Liberty Hall with a banner which shows the writing: "We serve neither the king nor the kaiser". Henry used to live in this building for the last three years. There are several watchers out there and most of Dublins inhabitants do not know about the rebels' plans who began to form the new Irish Repulican Army.

Connolly’s plan of guerrilla warfare consists of tunneling buildings and destroying buildings partly in order to compensate (or try to compensate) the lack of appropriate arming.

Pearse begins to announce their Proclamation of Indepencence. Henry contributes the idea to contain a phrase about the Irish children to this declaration and remembers how Connolly had finally taught him reading and writing three years ago.

The rebels are surrounded by a huge amount of British soliders. They send an agent provocateur who makes one of Connolly’s men throw a blind grenade, while the commander does not want any of his people to overreact.

Shortly after that a bunch of shawlies (woman who wear a shawl) come to protest in order to receive a compensation, because their husbands still do not return from World War I battle fields in France. Henry talks to Michael Collins, who manages that they receive a bit of the money the rebels seized in the G.P.O. It is the first time Henry meets and kisses Annie while he hands over the money to the shawlies.

As the Cavelry Regiment appears it is Henry’s first enemy contact. The Regiment has no chance to stand the hail of bullets.

The next morning Paddy tells Henry about the carnages at certain places in the city. Then Henry meets Miss O'Shea again. His former teacher joined the Cumman na mBan, a paramilitary Woman’s League that supports the Volunteers. The women are not only responsible for food. They also cycle all over the city in order to form a message delivery system to keep the insurrectionists informed about the turns of their enemy.

The rebels still hope for support of German troops and arms sent by ship. Kids and other citizen start to loot Dublin's shops and factories but the rebels do not stop them forcefully. While Francis Sheehy-Skeffington, a pacifist writer, tries to prevent some people from robbing, he is shot.

The headquarters of the Irish Transport and General Workers Union and the City Hall are under heavy bombardement. When Herny is downstairs he meets Miss O’Shea and has sex with her for the first time. Miss O’Shea does not like the traditional role models of women and joined the revolution in order to be free and to be treated equally.

As the bombardement stops, most of the buildings and barricades are destroyed. The survivors form new guerrilla groups quickly. While they are waiting for their supposed allies from Germany and the USA, they are constantly under fire.

A few days later Connolly is shot and wants to see Henry. Connolly's leg is seriously wounded and he'll probably lose it. He reminds Henry not to forget about his intelligence. Henry and his friends feel like machines. They have to dick trough walls and extinguish fire which has broken out by the bombardement.

The destruction is enormous: All of the buildings in Sackville Street do not longer exist. After fixing their bayonetts, Connolly commands Henry to also use his fathers’ leg as weapon and then he sends Henry and the other Citizens and Volunteers out of the G.P.O. because the building is near to collapsing.

Both friends of Henry, Felix and Paddy, die in gunfire when they enter Henry Street. Connolly still tries to stop his companions from hiding. Henry also loses Miss O’Shea in this chaos.

People jibe at Henry when the revolt has been quenched and Pearse signes a capitulation document. Henry is very despressed because of the loss of friends he sustained. His cleverness helps him to avoid police checks. He tells the police that he is wearing britches because of a holiday.

Henry is there, when the police takes a photo of the so-called last rebel de Valera. When the police is trying to catch Henry Smart at last, he manages to escape using the Camac River. He leaves the river at the Metal Bridge and begins to search for Piano Annie at Liffey Street.

Annie and Henry start a relationship, because she thinks that her husband has died in war. When Annie is out to get something to eat she also brings news about executions of rebels, the complete progress of the revolt and the murder. The musical woman does not believe in a change for the status of the poor one’s. In her eyes there is no hope for the future. The executions do not let the parades end. Sometimes this parades turn into a small riot.

James Connolly is shot on 12th of May. Annie comforts Henry and, in case he might ever be caught by the police he promises to write her a letter in on the last evening before his own execution.

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