Nolan is overwrought with grief at the loss of so many in this latest military skirmish, but the death of Inder's son sticks with him especially. He wasn't expecting a warm welcome on arriving at the man's house to return his handmade gun, but this is maybe a little extreme.
But ... if Yewll was slaughtered in a back alley ... then who's corpse is on the table? And if it's Yewll's corpse on the table ... then who's that analyzing it? Friggin' Omecs are stealing Yewll's DNA and making dozens of copies of her!
Kindzi hasn't been seen for days ... and something devoured an Indogene in a most grizzly way. The worried look on T'evgin's face tells Nolan somehow those two things are connected, but T'evgin says nothing.
The mystery-Yewll-Indogene corpse has bagra spores in it, which only grow in Old St. Louis. The Omecs are up to something sneaky, and Yewll's going to get to the bottom of this mystery if it's the last thing she does ... and considering who she's dealing with, it actually may be just that!
"Daaaaad! Stop growling! I'm trying to get my groove on!" Nothing like a war cry from the beast version of your father-lover to ruin the mood with your would-be human-lover. Nolan demands to know what's making the growl, but Kindzi's all cryptic about it.
Yewll finds the truth in Old St. Louis, but Kindzi finds Yewll and places a control stem in her neck. Now, Yewll will do whatever Kindzi tells her to do (and in this case, it's to go back to town and protect her interests at all costs).
Seems like Stahma was right about this one: Kindzi needs to be neutralized. Plus, T'evgin is bored of chasing after her and trying to teach her right from wrong. He puts her in stasis with the rest of their family and prepares to live out the rest of his hundreds-of-years-long life, lonely style.
Inder puts a gun in his face, so Nolan has to put a gun in T'evgin's face. Nolan knows T'evgin's holding out on him about the beast that killed the Indogene (and then three Votan vagabonds the next day) but he has no idea that the culprit was T'evgin's now deep-sleeping daughter.
That mind control thingie is working pretty well ... Samir barely scratches the surface of something going wrong on Yewll's trip to Old St. Louis and all of a sudden she's stabbing him in the chest. Is he dead? We don't know, you'll have to tune in next week to find out! Ha ha!
Nolan, too, must mourn more than his share when he arrives at Inder's house to find that the grieving father has hung himself. The pain may be too much for Nolan's mind. Is that a disembodied voice he's hearing, giving him commands?