After scanning the town for clues and coming up empty handed, Riese and Fenrir decide that the best plan of action is to sleep silently through the night, and leave in the morning. But the eerie feeling of being watched haunts Riese, and her dreams reflect Vidar's nightmarish quality in vivid detail as she sees her family being murdered, as they were on that fateful day. In her dream as in reality, Riese struggles to save them, but is bound by circumstance to be powerless.

She wakes panting, and sees the ghostly figure of a child skirt by her window. Thinking she may finally have stumbled onto the trail of the missing children, Riese follows the child, but finds herself ensnared by a gang of vapid, zombie-like children. Whatever the Sect had in mind for the stolen babies has turned them into mindless, unfeeling soldiers, and their current target is Riese. As the children encroach on her, Riese must master her heart's wish to save the children, in favor of saving her own life.

Amara is happy to hear of her army's progress on the battlefield, and, although it causes the kingdom great pain of sacrifice, orders a still stronger push to rout out the rebels. Her debriefing is interrupted by a message from the temple: A low priestess by the name of Marlise delivers a message that Trennan's presence is requested. While in the royal chamber, Marlise lets slip that Herrick is in the capitol for a conference at the Sect temple - a fact that was meant to be kept secret from the Empress. Marlise slyly places the blame on Trennan, making it clear that, not only is she jockeying for Trennan's job, but no one - not Trennan, not the Empress - can trust the Sect.