Zach thinks this adventure is not all he thought it was cracked up to be—he's hot, tired, and sweaty, plus the scenery is boring.
Poppy wants to talk about William the Blade. Zach agrees, which Poppy thinks is weird, but she doesn't press him about it for a change.
Suddenly the gang realizes they can't move forward; the path they're on dead-ends into a river.
The gang splits up to see if they can find a way across, thinking maybe there's a ferry or something. Poppy goes to talk to some kids; Alice heads toward an office; and Zach just sort of wanders around and looks at all the boats.
Poppy's back. The kids want to sell her a dinghy for twenty-five bucks, but that wouldn't leave enough bus fare to get back home.
As Alice is walking back from the office, Zach notices her—like notices her.
Alice brings bad news from the office: East Liverpool is way too far to walk. She wants to turn back.
Poppy and Zach hesitate, so Alice reminds them about their promise to make it to the bus.
Alice says Zach better come with her or else—meaning she'll tell Poppy about those Questions she found in Zach's backpack.
Poppy wants to know what "or else" means; she doesn't like feeling excluded.
And then Poppy gets so mad that she makes a threat of her own: Alice better not turn back, or else Poppy's going to spill Alice's secret.
The secret is that Alice likes Zach. Zach doesn't know this because he's oblivious, so he wonders if Alice said she hates him or that he smells.
Alice is appalled—Poppy is being awfully mean, and she doesn't care that she's breaking her promise.
Zach's pacing around, frustrated. Then he spots a boat called the Pearl, which seems pretty magical since Neptune's Pearl is William the Blade's ship in their game.
Zach feels like the universe wants them to steal this boat. They are pirates, after all.