Claire accompanies Dugal and other clansmen as they travel to various villages and collect rents. She befriends the clan's solicitor, Ned Gowan, who accompanies them to deal with records and receipts. She spends much of her time alone as the men gather around the campfires telling ribald tales, always in Gaelic, so as to exclude her. In the villages, they accept many forms of payment including money, grain and livestock. Claire is unsettled by how little the men seem to care for the villagers well-being and is surprised to see Dougal collecting money with which she believes he's lining his own pockets. She soon learns that the money is for an altogether different purpose.