It’s a party on the streets of Green Bridge! Bishop Wildrick makes his move to poison the city government and seize control with a mob of the faithful. An assassin stalks Mrs. Bridge’s household, Merrily gets sweaty, Beatrice gives Veridia some questionable fashion advice, and Cyrus has the time of his life on a rooftop.
Professor Stoat terrorizes his class with logic; Danny Frogflower is eaten by not-cannibals. Merrily discovers the value of straightening shoes, and also that her boss is up to no good. Merrily gets up to no good herself, and talks her way into a fancy party. Robert Franco turns out to be rather different than we imagined.
Sir Richard goes off the map. Hobb finds danger in both action and inaction, and decides to accelerate his plans. Beatrice Snugg makes a new friend. Boris, Basil, and Brutus part ways. Here ends Part 1 of The Bright Path!