The Companions sail to Chiref, looking for lady Lillian and the Alkax. Jun-jun is still in a coma, but Father Jobo will stay with him aboard the Sea Ghost. The Alkax is in port, but retaking her is the hard part. Grull finds that the new captain, Karras, is not aboard at the present time, but is uptown at the Draco Majoris, an upscale restaurant, tenement house, and bath house for the upper crust of Drakine society.
Traveling there, they discover that Karras is in a lunch/meeting with Rondas, a merchant of high regard in the capitol.