Sir Petryn and his entourage meet up with the party at the inn at breakfast. He greets them warmly and informs them of the people they will meet that day: Sir Norumas of Erlane; his daughter and a relative of his wife’s. Sir Kabelan of Hotrin, 19 years old and married 2 years ago to his father’s ward, Lady Aline, who is 14. Sir Camisarn of Rylosin, who is 16; his father abdicated to his mother when the war with Kanday was lost, and his mother (Dame Penia) gave the fief to her son as soon as possible; he is berothed to Menia of Belgyn, who is 14. Sir Camisarn’s father refused to take the oath with Kanday after the war, and was put to death.
Sir Petryn will not accompany the party, for he must wait for his wife to be ready to travel. He warns the group that there are bandits in the area, as well as a strange band of Ilviriens on the roads.
Breakfast is comfortable. At one point, the party hears plentiful and specific cursing outside, and horse runs by. The party rushes out of the inn to see an older man chasing vainly a horse. It is Sir Norumas. It is noted he has purple eyes. He informs the group that his horse threw him; Nina rushes to get one of her horses to try to catch up to it. Sir Norumas informs the group that his family will be along shortly; Sir Tirn of Selvos rides off to meet the family, the rest of the group goes into the inn with Norumas. Maketa Seenaë Dyren brings him some mulled wine. The party tries to make small talk, but Norumas is mostly silent and inscrutable.
After a time, some more people enter; Norumas bows over his wife and daughter’s hands. Sir Kjarri of Setara gets everyone some small ale, while Tirn heads off to find Nina. Once the ladies arrive, small talk becomes much easier. Norumas seems very guarded; he is respectful to Seenaë, but seems rebuffed by Kjarri. About half an hour later, another young lord comes in: Sir Kabelan and his wife Lady Aline. Lady Aline hugs the other ladies, and Kabelan hugs Norumas. Kabelan leads the conversation, and Seenaë spends some time listening to the ladies talk about embroidering.
Tirn and Nina return with Sir Camisarn and his wife around noon, and the group is able to depart. The ladies all pile into a cart together to chat; other than the remains of a campsite and the signs of about a score of men traveling on the road, nothing out of the ordinary is seen. They spend the night in Sulity. As they pull in, a man comes forward and offers to bring the party to the manor; the lord’s reeve sends a few of his men-at-arms to help set up camp, and provide the group with water and firewood. Seenaë leads a blessing for everyone who wishes; Sir Norumas does not partake. A fog settles in for the night; the younger ladies sleep in the cart, with Norumas and Kabelan at either door.
During Seenaë’s watch, she comes across Sir Norumas; he does not seem to have slept. He tells her there are wolves in the area; she asks him to point them out, and he agrees, somewhat surprised. The wolves are roaming in the town about thirty feet out from the campsite. Seenaë sees something moving out in the fog, but it turns out it was only Tirn and his cloak.
In the morning the reeve comes to the campsite, and tells the party that they have had wolf incursions in the town since winter. As they gather to leave, Sir Ekrin comes forward to ask for a slight delay: one of his men is missing. Kjarri and Tamarie go looking for him, and return with the missing man a short while later. He was gathering herbs with his companion. He is unconscious, seemingly charmed, but otherwise unharmed except for slight hypothermia. While Tirn investigates, Seenaë treats the hypothermia and settles him in one of the carts. According to what Tirn discovers, it seems that some sort of wolf spirit or god is in the area and tried to communicate with the guard. An offering is left for the wolf, and the group heads out. The man finally wakes up later on the way to Imiden.
The horses seem to be distracted and hard to handle; they need to be reminded to stay on the road. During lunch, Seenaë holds a service to ask Larani’s assistance in this matter. She is surprised to feel a large amount of piety donated by Sir Norumas. Seenaë feels Mendez’s breath on her ear; he tells her that this wolf spirit is not the danger, and that she asked the wrong question. The spirit will continue to follow the group, but it could become a danger to whatever harms its wolves. Something woke it. After the ritual is completed, Tirn goes to communicate with the spirit.