After finishing a meal in town, Remi recognizes a cloaked man dressed in all black as one of her father’s personal guard. The man hustles towards her estate. Worried something is wrong, the group follows him.
Upon reaching Malik’s house, it’s clear that something awful has happened. Dozens of men in black garb surround the estate, meandering and waiting for orders.
Concerned for her fathers safety, Remi pushes past the black clad guards and enters her estate.
The group finds Malik in a heated discussion with another girl inside of the courtyard of the manor. Upon seeing them, Malik hurries across the courtyard and embraces Remi. Malik expresses his own concern for her safety. The other occupant of the courtyard introduces herself as Grace Jeong.
After some discourse with Grace, we learn that there was a murder in Rhamsted. Malik was worried for Remi’s safety when heard the news. Malik was about to send someone to look for them and check that they were all safe when they showed up to his estate. Grace on the other hand is furious. While she knew that her cousin Zeke was present, as the Duchess of Rhamsted she would have expected them to stay at her own place. If something were to happen to Nightingale Arsen or Zeke Jeong on her watch, either family would have taken her head.
With some apologizing, Zeke calms Grace down and explains that they stayed at Padric’s Inn. The group learns that Malik and Grace have some sort of beef with Padric but are otherwise happy to see that they weren’t caught up in the recent drama.
Malik elaborates on the situation, and to Nightingale’s chagrin, the group learns that someone killed the Informant that was set on the case of finding the Theodotion Mage. Even worse, Malik believes that the Information Broker may have actually found something relevant to Theodotion but the work the Informant had compiled was stolen from his house after the murder.
Grace writes off the task of finding anything about Theodotion as meaningless for the time being. Instead, she wants Malik to divert his resources into helping her find the culprit and bring swift justice to whoever was responsible for the murder.
While protesting Grace’s decision to abandon their quest to find more about Theodotion, Remi accidently lets it slip that they needed the Theodotion Mage to save Nightingale’s life.
Realizing that this mission for Theodotion is about keeping the princess of Elenia safe, Grace becomes enraged. She questions why Balthazar doesn’t know about this and argues that they need to get in touch with someone from Elenia and that the four of them should wait until help arrives. Grace claims that their foolish quest is going to endanger more lives than it’s worth and she isn’t going to be responsible for the death of Nightingale.
Angry and worried that they’ll be detained until Balthazar returns, Remi storms out of the room, dragging Nightingale and her friends with her. Malik cries out after his daughter but Remi ignores his plea to stay and decides to take matters into her own hands.