In the camp, Guido hides their true situation from his son. Guido explains to GiosuÃ© that the camp is a complicated game in which he must perform the tasks Guido gives him. GiosuÃ© is at times reluctant to go along with the game, but Guido convinces him each time to continue on. Guido sets up the concentration camp as a game for GiosuÃ©. Each of the tasks will earn them points and whoever gets to one thousand points first will win a tank. He tells him that if he cries, complains that he wants his mother, or says that he is hungry, he will lose points, while quiet boys who hide from the camp guards earn extra points. Guido uses this game to explain features of the concentration camp that would otherwise be frightening for a young child: the guards are mean only because they want the tank for themselves; the dwindling numbers of children (who are being killed in gas chambers) are only hiding in order to score more points than GiosuÃ© so they can win the game. He puts off GiosuÃ©'s requests to end the game and return home by convincing him that they are in the lead for the tank, and need only wait a short while before they can return home with their tank.