At night in the Kunar province of Afghanistan, Bissonnette is caught off guard by a rocket-propelled grenade while urinating in an open space. The rocket emerges from the darkness and strikes "ten feet off the tail ramp of the helicopter, showering my teammates with shrapnel." He buttons up his pants and finds his way into a ditch. His description of the ensuing counterattack: "We watched as American heavy weapons started raking the ridgeline. It looked like a Bloomin' Onion at Outback Steakhouse."