The boys are undergoing a chemical skin treatment at the Resort’s Male Processing Center. For 30 minutes, the Melanin in their skin has been eaten away and replaced with a synthetic UV protectant called Albinox. All of their hair follicles are being eradicated. With their eyes covered with shields, they’re blind, and their throats are filled with long, black rods attached to mouth gags, ostensibly designed to prevent them from ingesting any of the treatment chemicals. Meanwhile, the Resort’s intercom has begun repeating its mental conditioning lessons — the boys have to listen, they can’t do anything else.