It is now 7 years later and Caris hears from Merthin who lives in Florence and is married and has a child. She continues practicing medicine and cares for Gwenda's son who is injured. Sister Meir sees Brother Thomas and Brother Matthias together in bed but after consulting Caris, decides to say nothing. Thank to a bequest left to the convent, Caris now has the funds to build her hospice. Prior Godwin schemes to get his hands on the money. Caris seeks assistance from the king, who is still in France in what is seemingly a never-ending war with the French. Surrounded by their enemies, the King's main concern is to find a way to get his men back to England.