Mattimeo and the slaves make their first attempt to escape, valiantly led by Tess Churchmouse, and Mattimeo takes another short step towards his birthright of leadership. Matthias is now hot on their trail. With the badger and hedgehog reinforcements he discovers Scurl who, in exchange for his life, gives him accurate directions towards Slagar and the slaves. At Redwall Abbey, BABY ROLLO unravels the dream clue and the Redwall Company follow the little folk - the ants - and so begin their own strange journey of pursuit which leads them to more cryptic clues which they struggle to solve. Something in the riddle will help them to help Matthias in pursuit of their young ones. The Past and the Present move towards a combined destiny, but what? As Mattimeo and company hide from Slagar, Matthias and his companions approach the very gorge where Slagar secretly awaits them. As they enter a cave carefully baited with slave tracks, Slagar triumphantly causes a landslide, which buries them - ...