Strangers meet on the road as Cyrus, Johnathan, and Merrily set off in search of the missing post-rider. Johnathan acquires a new weapon. Cyrus encounters unexpected power, while Merrily puts her skills to good use. Three projectiles pass in the night.
Cyrus reveals the object of his quest, but immediately discovers that said object has gone missing. He meets the town librarian, and suspicions arise. Merrily makes a good deal, and Johnathan gets the girl, sort of. We meet a man who has something wrong with him.
Our adventure begins at the beginning, and if you’re looking for the beginning then you should begin here. We meet Johnathan Miller and Merrily Hunter, two bright young people in the small frontier village of Hog Hurst. Johnathan has big ambitions, but today only one of them matters—will he convince Merrily to come with him to the Midsummer’s Ball in five days? Johnathan’s plans are rudely interrupted by the arrival of a mysterious stranger in search of a most unusual prize.