As the group of refugees enters the estate, many of them feel relief. Ingrid, in contrast, has a bad feeling about the place. Everything inside the house has been destroyed, either by looters or roving soldiers. Joana sees that the family’s dinner was left unfinished on the tabletop, meaning they had to evacuate suddenly.
Ingrid’s premonition is related to her often preternatural ability to sense the emotional quality or texture of a place, which Sepetys attributes to her blindness.