Penny, meanwhile, who has a super magic-cancer, is still chasing down library books for the library job. And one major drawback is that the longer he is in the real world, the faster his cancer advances.
Meanwhile, back in Fillory, Eliot and Margo are dealing with the Fairy Queen, who is still hanging around terrifying everyone. Nobody else can see them but Eliot and Margo, and they keep getting insane tasks from the Queen. Margo tries to delegate the tasks, but that just infuriates her highness, who's watching their every move.
Irene McAllister turns up in Dean Fogg's office and tells him that the Board of Brakebills have decided that the school should use all of its resources finding out what's happening with magic, rather than teaching. Fogg is not happy abou this, but there's nothing he can do.
Meanwhile, Kady meets with Harriet, the magician who helped her find the right books. She points out that SOMEONE must know how to turn magic back on and gives her a book full of someone's notes - it's meant to help.
Julia and Quentin try to figure out how to talk to a higher god about turning magic back on. They have to find an active god first, and then ask to speak to their parent. So naturally, they turn to Josh to help them find …Bacchus. Because of course.
The party is pretty serious, where Julia has a quick PTSD episode about getting raped by a trickster demon (Reynard). Bacchus isn't interested in introducing anyone to his parents the higher gods, and Quentin gets mad when Julia shows Josh that she can do magic. It gives him hope, but Quentin knows that could be dangerous.
Back in the woods of Fillory, Margo and El figure out that the Queen can see all of their moves because she has Margo's eye. They use some pretty great pop culture references - to talk in a code the Queen won't understand - to hatch a plan to dethrone her. Amid their chat, they also realize that what's next is to find one of the Fillory books for answers.
Bacchus tells Q that there's a secret back door to magic. It could be anywhere, and may even be in a brothel. Basically, Q's going to have to figure it out on his own, but he's getting closer.
Eliot goes on a quest to find the White Lady but instead comes across the The Great Cock of the Darkling Woods, and is given a quest. If Eliot can perform the Quest, it'll solve all of his fairy problems. This quest could bring back magic. With a drive to be a great King, Eliot accepts the mission.
Also, it turns out that bunnies of Fillory can move between worlds and deliver messages. And so, one arrives at the cottage and tells Quentin that El and Margo need help.
Julia and Quentin turn out to find the details of the quest in a book called the "Tale of the Seven Keys." They send the messsage back to Fillory that they have to work together to find seven keys. Whatever the keys unlock will restore magic. Eliot decides to set sail. And with that, the quest begins.
While all this is going on, Alice is meeting with vampires and offering up her blood so they'll give her information. There's someone after her called "The Lamprey." The vampire suggests that she skip town. Later, she sits alone in a diner, contemplating her life, while eating an order of bacon.