The Nague is racing to overtake one of the monstrous Captain Barthadrow’s ships.
The Captain has returned with the rest of the crew to the Nagua. First Mate “One Eye” Olanis hears fascinating tales about the Horse People from “Wheel Turner” and “Ship Protector”.
Amelie feels a hand gently pushing her shoulder. She grabs the wrist of the hand. Unlike “Dizzying Blade” she isn’t inclined to stab anyone who awakes her. “Get up Amelie,” “One Eye” is whispering in her ear.
“You were eating Peg leg’s left hand?” she hears Zala ask the Cannibal girl as they catch sight of ‘Wheel Turner’ talking to the ‘Ship Builder’. She notices that they brought the pinnace farther up the stony shore now that the tide is in.
“This one is injured,” says the tall, dark Horse Man with the bulging chest muscles that ripple as he speaks down towards the Captain.
here are two known dangers on the island. One is the Cannibals whose ship they didn’t see anywhere; the other is the Horse People who live here.
Once on deck she hears him say in his deep, solemn voice, “The Cannibals just wanted meat it seems.”
Master Jo Anne asks Janet to sting a song to–safely–awake Master-at-arms ‘Dizzy Blade’ Sadie.
“The Captain says, and I quote, ‘A final rule me lovely crew of Mary Reads, if you see any horsemen cantering on the shore, especially if they’re starkers, no catcalls!’”
First Mate ‘One Eye’ Olanis asks Kitkun, known as Raven for her hair and keen eyesight to watch from the Crow’s Nest, to see if she can see either the Surprise or the Cannibal’s ship.