The mages separate into two groups for a month of recovery following the events in Altensteig. WiSK and Moonbeam join Gauss on her Gauss Hauss VII tour. In Paris they encounter the Skinner for the first time, foiling an attempt by him to capture Sluagh Kithain for an unidentified benefactor (“E.B.”). Gideon and Hemlock hole up in Strasbourg where they examine the diary and rid Giddy of his implants. They encounter Tuya “Dancing Bird” Brownman, who invites Gideon to stand trial at Horizon for his little bomb incident.