Sollozzo.Michael, who is considered a "civilian" (not involved in the mob business) by the other mafiafamilies and therefore able to live a more normal life, visits his father in the hospital. He isimmediately shocked to find that there are no police officers or Corleone Family menguarding him. Realizing that his father is again being set up to be killed, he calls Sonny witha report, then moves his father to another room. He then goes outside to watch the door. Withthe help of an overwhelmed Enzo (the baker), who feels indebted to the Don, he bluffs awaySollozzo's men. Police cars soon arrive with the corrupt Captain McCluskey, who breaksMichael's jaw after he insinuates that McCluskey is being paid by Sollozzo to set up hisfather. Just then, Hagen shows up with "private detectives" licensed to carry guns to protectDon Corleone, and takes Michael home.Following the attempt on the Don's life at the hospital, Sollozzo and Captain McCluskey,who is acting as Sollozzo's bodyguard, request a meeting with Michael under the auspices of ameliorating their differences. Michael volunteers to kill both men during the meeting, whichinitially amuses Sonny and the other senior members of the Corleone family, with Sonnyadmonishing him for reacting too personally and emotionally. However, Michael convincesthem that killing Sollozo and McCluskey is in the family's interest ("It's not personal. It'sstrictly business."). The meeting between Michael and Sollozzo, with McCluskey attending,is arranged at a quiet, local restaurant, as requested by Michael so he will "feel safe". Michaelexcuses himself to go to the restroom, retrieves a planted revolver, and assassinates Sollozzoand McCluskey with near-point-blank-range shots to the head. To avoid his arrest for themurders, Michael is sent to Sicily while the Corleone family prepares for all-out warfare withthe rest of the Five Families, who unite against the Corleones, as well as a generalclampdown on the mob by the police and government authorities.While in Sicily, Michael lives under the protection of Don Tommasino, an old friend of thefamily. While there, he falls in love with and marries a local girl, Apollonia, who issubsequently murdered during an attempt on Michael's life.Meanwhile, back in New York, Don Corleone returns home from the hospital and isdistraught to learn that Michael was the one who killed Sollozzo and McCluskey. Somemonths later, in 1948, Sonny severely beats Carlo for brutalizing the expectant Connie, andthreatens to kill Carlo the next time he abuses her. The next time Carlo beats her, Sonnydrives off alone to fulfill his threat. On the way, he is ambushed and Tommy-gunned to deathat the causeway tollbooth.Instead of seeking revenge for Sonny's killing, Don Corleone meets with the heads of theFive Families to arrange an end to the war. Not only is it draining all of their assets andthreatening their survival, but ending the conflict is the only way that Michael can returnhome safely. Reversing his previous decision, Vito agrees that the Corleone family will provide political protection for Philip Tattaglia's traffic in heroin. At the meeting, DonCorleone realizes that Don Barzini, not Tattaglia, was responsible for the mob war andSonny's death.With his safety guaranteed, Michael returns from Sicily. More than a year later, he reuniteswith his former girlfriend, Kay, telling her that he wants to marry her. With the Don semi-retired, Sonny dead and middle brother Fredo considered incapable of running the family business, Michael is now in charge, and he claims that the family business will soon becompletely legitimate.