Anna Wetherell overhears a conversation between Francis Carver and Lydia Wells regarding her husband's gold find and it sounds as if they are plotting to steal it, a conversation she later relates to Crosbie Wells. She discovers that Lydia Wells lied about the hotel where she was to meet Staines and manages to locate the one he was actually staying in. When she arrives she finds he has already left for the goldfields so she sets about tracing him through an advert in the local paper. He responds in the next edition that he awaits to hear from her, but Lydia Wells burns the paper delivered to her house before Anna can see it. Meanwhile Emery Staines decides to take up Carver's offer of a Contract of Sponsorship in order to prospect for gold in Hokitika. Lydia spikes a flagon of alcohol with Laudinum before offering a glass to both Crosbie and Anna. As they fall into a stupor Lydia takes her husband's gold and begins to sew it into the hems of a dress.