As the slaves arrive at the ominous Badger Head and Bell Rocks, Mattimeo bravely comforts them and promises "I will not fail us". At the Abbey the Redwallers defend the tapestry in a pitched battle and recapture it. Simultaneously Matthias arrives at Loamhedge Abbey and meets an Old Rabbit who forecasts doom but gives him an amulet. Slagar craftily sets his henchrats against each other and prepares to take all the slave profits himself. While at Redwall Cornflower and Constance haunt the terrified birds with the 'ghost' of Martin - in fact, his armour. Nadaz, henchrat to the king of Malkariss, appears silently and orders the slaves anaesthetized. Slagar's rats attack each other and in the chaos are captured by Matthias who demands they help him pursue Slagar - but he already has his slaves deep underground in the evil kingdom. In front of the statue of a polecat he tells them this is where they will live and die. It is journey's end and down here there is no hope of rescue.