The characters are summoned to Saccarias, the Prince, who resides on the garrisoned island in Antioch, atop a large watchtower. Here he explains that one of his long-time servants has been found dead. More importantly the servant's delivery – a treasured dagger gifted to Saccarias from his Sire the Prince of Tripoli – is missing. The circumstances of the ghoul's death points to Kindred involvement. The neonates are tasked with finding out who of the remaining seven Kindred in the city is a traitor. They must report only to the Prince. He trusts the characters since, he proclaims; they are too feeble to have done it themselves. He sends his servant Mekhmet along to monitor their progress however.
The ghoul shows them to the corpse, which has all the trademarks of a clawed Gangrel attack. Next, they are shown to where the murder took place. In the filthy alley they can confirm that the attacker definitely is a Protean-user and find blooded tracks across the rooftops above which lead toward the outer walls. They instruct Mekhmet to bring horses and meet them at the inn outside the gates the next night.
The following evening at the inn, Mehkmet is nowhere to be seen, although the horses are waiting in its stables. The inn owner claims to have seen him earlier on the way to the privy. The neonates get suspicious. Aziz finds drag marks in the soil behind the stables that lead into a nearby wheat field. Some thirty yards into it he finds Mekhmet dead, killed in the same way as Saccarias' other servant. Someone or something else is stalking through the wheat. Colino and Christophe come to the field's edge to look for their friend and Aziz sees an opportunity to circle the unknown assailant. The small Lasombra spots the hunter as it charges him. A chaotic fight breaks out. Their enemy is tough, but as the Toreador and the Gangrel keep it occupied, the Lasombra manages to cling onto its back and bite its neck to pieces. Christophe is drenched in vitae. The assailant slumps to the ground unmoving. Aziz moves to break off the top of a fence post and – hoping against hope that what he has been told is true – drives it into the creature's chest, staking it, with some effort.
Among its belongings they find the Prince's lost dagger, but more importantly, a leatherworked rendering of Aziz's Sire with the caption "Kadir, sire of Ilhu". The Gangrel is adamant that they should now take the incapacitated attacker to his Sire instead. The others agree. They ride around the city to Aziz's and Kadir's haven, a fortress ruin away from the roads.
They show Kadir the rendering. He explains that once he had taken Allah into his heart, he sought out all of his progeny and offered them the chance to convert to the one true faith. His childe Ilhu and her get fled before him. All others met their Final Death refusing the offer.
The Gangrel elder takes a long sniff of their catch and states:
"Ah, this must be Ahbed." and casually rips the heart out of his grand-childe, ending him.
Stunned – none more so than Aziz – the neonates agree to bring the ashes and other belongings to the Prince, telling him they were forced to kill the culprit. Saccarias is quite pleased with having the dagger returned and contented to hear that the Lasombra was instrumental in putting the thief to death. He states that the Monsignore's travel arrangements to Tripoli may yet be possible. It is the first Christophe has heard of it.