Mother Caris, Merthin. Brother Matthias and Brother Thomas set out in Btother Godwyn footsteps to recover the gold he stole. When they catch up to him, they find him the sole survivor of the plague and half mad. The King is heartbroken to learn his daughter died of the plague en route to Spain. The Queen returns to mourn her granddaughter. As acting Prior, Caris offers anyone a fair wage to farm fallow land. Gwenda for one decides to take her up on her offer even though she is bound to the the lord of Shiring. Sir Ralph learns of his parentage from his true mother and takes a hard line with the peasants who stage a revolt. Petronilla schemes to ensure the future of both her sons.