King Beaumont and King Persine struggle onward towards the fallen kingdom of Caumont, but are waylaid by a band of outlaws led by a rogue called Robyn. Red and Talia have made it to the sea, and a handy fishing vessel speeds them to Perrault. It all seems like plain sailing, but can it really be that easy? Having watched Snežana being stolen away, Ash and Tommelise are at a loss. How will they find her? Will Heinrich help them, or will he go in search of Rapa?