Roland steps up to where Arabella kneels on the floor over her father's body. He stammers a bit, looking back and forth from her to him before saying, "I... I'm sorry. I tried to protect him. I...". At that he seems to notice the char and scorch marks from when he nearly burned down the building with them inside. A horrified look comes over his face, and he says, "I have to get out of here." He stumbles a little, clearly shaken, and starts to turn.
Arabella looks up as if to stop Roland, but she lets him go, too worried about her father to do anything.
In a dangerous political climate, several expeditions are made to the infamous Wilds in hopes of expanding the country, Urbane, and avoiding an all out civil war. But, when the lord in charge of the excursions is almost assassinated, tensions increase and put new pressures on the brave explorers.