Christophe and Aziz discuss what to do about the note and how to handle Dos Santos's servants knowing about it. The Lasombra is blinded by the possibility of seeing Sabine again and simply does not care.
Aziz decides to come along to the tavern where "Big-Sister" can be contacted, while Colino stays in the accommodations.
The tavern is located in the central part of the city closest to the harbour. It is a three-story stone building with large terraces where wealthy european merchants and the nobles come to drink their troubles away. Christophe asks the guards at the front for Sabine, Aziz playing the servant. They are perplexed to have such a request from a child at two in the morning, but go to check. Soon Fatima, whom Christophe recognizes as Sabine's servant from Jerusalem, comes to let them in and guides them up the stairs to the top floor.
Here the young Lasombra has a less passionate reunion than he had hoped; Sabine treating him more like a long lost friend than a lover. Still, they reminisce and again seek each other's comfort in their shared loathing of their sires. Sabine tells him of trouble brewing in Jerusalem and its escalating Kindred conflict. Abdullah has forced her to seduce many a mortal to let him gain favor and protection with the Knights Templar. She also tells of new business ties at Jaffa, where Christophe too could profit if he would let her. Over the coming nights they come to terms regarding this.
While the reunion is going on Aziz catches one of Dos Santos servants outside spying and sends him on his way, intimidating him when he hesitates.
When they get back Abraham tells the coterie that the prospected ghouls need to be made aware of what tomorrow night's ritual will mean.
Aziz decides to tell Hisham as much of the truth as he can handle. The persian wants to save the labourer from certain death by sharing with him God's Gift, as he himself was saved. By the analogy of drinking the blood of Christ at communion, Aziz is able to convince Hisham to literally do the same with his.
Colino tells Sven that he has been chosen into a brotherhood of blood, also basing his argument somewhat on christian dogma. The norse is suspicious but agrees to at least come along when he is reassured that it is not witchcraft.
Christophe slowly convinces Amad that he will be part of an initiation rite of a secret society which controls those that govern, playing on the captain's greed and lust for power. The franc is overjoyed to be part of it.
When they arrive at the Prince’s villa the next night, several other parties are waiting in the gardens at Ahmed’s leisure. Dos Santos commands Christophe to go over to a particularly loud group of nobles – who are complaining that it is beneath their standing to wait – to quiet them. The young men are amused to be told off by a child at first. However, when Colino introduces Christophe as a nobleman(child?) of the Mercier line, the men immediately demand to know the meaning of this confrontation. They too are Merciers. Colino hastily explains that the child is the second cousin of Christophe Mercier who disappeared on his way to Tripoli. He claims that they seek Christophe and his father. The young nobles are clearly troubled by this news and boldly state that they will seek the truth of this. Out of earshot, Aziz sarcastically congratulates Dos Santos for a game well played.
The antiochians are eventually ushered in to see Ahmed. The hall is empty apart from the Prince, Abraham and a few trusted servants.
With formal ritual Colino and Sven step forward. A servant pierces Colinos forearm and pours some of his vitae into a chalice. The Norse drinks with some predepidation, but the power of the vitae surges through his vains and leaves him elated.
The effect encourages Amand to follow along when Christophes vitae is poured. He too is overwhelmed by the rush of power in his blood.
As Aziz and Hisham step forward it is soon apparent that something is awry. The Gangrel’s vitae reeks like rotten sewage, making the servants gag. Even so, Hisham desperately tries to imbibe the liquid. It is impossible to hold down. He vomits the foul stuff onto the hall floor and collapses. The frightened and bewildered servants turn to their master. The Assamite sternly confronts Aziz, anticipating some sort of plan to shame the Prince. The Gangrel, as bewildered as any one present, panickstrickenly drops to his knees and pleads with the Prince to save the labourer; if the Prophet will not grant Hisham servitude perhaps the Anointed One will show such mercy. Let it be a sign of the power of Christ, he argues.
A fervant assent gleams in the Assamite's eyes as he strides down to the dying Hisham and gives him the Embrace. All present stand back stunned. As Abraham tends to a spent Ahmed the group quietly take their leave.
Over the next few nights it becomes apparent that the Prince will have nothing more to do with them. Nor, it seems, will the Merciers. Christophe says his goodbyes to Sabine and they arrange voyage back to Antioch.