Inan and Kaea ride on in pursuit of Amari and the scroll. Inan battles the magic he feels within himself with every fiber of his being, knowing he will be an outcast if his identity is revealed. He lies and tells Kaea that he is worried about Amari. His only thought is that he must kill Zélie.
Because divîners are reviled and deeply abused by the monarchy, Inan is consumed with horror at the thought that he could be one. Rather than giving him a sense of empathy, though, it drives him to war with himself and commit to killing Zélie.