Colino solidifies his shop as a reliable supplier in Antioch and takes on a street urchin, promising him an education in return for fronting the shop during daytime. So far the youngster has kept loyal.
Aziz keeps up his scientific pursuits and takes up correspondence under pseudonym with colleagues outside of his former mortal colleagues in Nishapur, in an effort to insulate his wife and son from the curse of unlife.
Christophe continues to struggle under his abusive sire. He forms a bond with Isabeau, trying to learn further secrets of what it means to be Kindred.