She asks the man where he got it, and he says he’s too busy playing cards, but she agrees to go to his ship, the Gloriana, the next day
Brianna insists she doesn’t need a bodyguard. A man approaches Brianna and asks her to buy his daughter’s contract. She tells him she is going to the Colonies. She takes one look at Lizzie and agrees. The two take passage to America aboard the Phillip Alonzo bound for Charleston.
Brianna grows eager to find Claire for Lizzie’s sake, but she does what she can for the girl. When an apothecary attempts to bleed the girl, Brianna throws him out. After her fever breaks, Lizzie tells Brianna she learned from someone that Jamie Fraser was in Cross Creek to give testimony in a friend’s trial and will be there for another week. Brianna wonders how soon they can get to Cross Creek. She’s in the Blue Bull tavern asking about passage when Roger suddenly appears causing her to scream.
Angry at having chased her across time and half the world, Roger grabs her and drags her outside. Brianna is upset that he’s there because she was counting on him being in the future so she can return. They fight, and she admits she loves him. Roger says they’ll figure out a way to get home. She says she sorry, she never meant for him to follow her, but she’s very glad he’s there. She tells him about finding the death notice for her parents in 1776. He’s still angry with her, mostly because he was afraid he had lost her to someone else payday loans Pennsylvania, and if he were a man of this time and condoned wife beating, he’d take a strap to her.
They find a quiet shed and Roger tells her about handfasting, an old Highland custom where people in remote areas would pledge to be together for a year and a day and at the end of that time, if they were still sure, they would find a minister to make it legal, or they would part. Brianna says she doesn’t want anything temporary, and neither does he, but there are no close ministers. They perform a short ceremony pledging to each other and then make love.
In the morning, they talk about getting back to their time and Roger tells her his theory of being able to steer to when you want to go by using gemstones. Brianna asks where they can find one, and he tells her he knows where he might get one, but he must leave for New Bern at once. He wants her to stay there, but she says she must find her mother for Lizzie’s sake. Then Bree realizes that Roger didn’t go to Lallybroch, instead he knew that she would be taking passage to America. She realizes that he had seen the death notice and didn’t tell her about it. They argue again and Brianna storms off telling Roger to go back to Scotland alone for all she cares.
Lizzie’s fever returns and when Brianna goes downstairs to the tavern to fetch hot tea, she spies a familiar gold ring lying in the middle of a card table.
As Brianna and Lizzie travel from Charleston to Wilmington in North Carolina, Lizzie contracts malaria
During the boat journey up the Cape Fear River, Lizzie takes sick again. They finally arrive in Cross Creek, and the boatman carries Lizzie to his sister’s home. After eating, Brianna asks to borrow a mule and despite her tiredness, she heads into town, hoping to find Jamie Fraser. She comes to a tavern and stops for a drink, and the bartender asks her if she’s come for the trial. She asks who’s on trial and is told Fergus Fraser for assaulting an officer of the crown, but he’ll be acquitted as Jamie Fraser’s come down the mountain for him. He tells her Jamie is just outside, and she goes running.