Tia now moves into the part of the story where the binding of Sam's powers occurred. It all went down because Nick showed up to visit her in the middle of the night.
Tia explained to Nick that she did the necromancer test and the results are in: Sam would take after his uncle. Nick tried to tell her this wasn't terrible news, even though it was clear that his life wasn't exactly awesome.
Desperate, Tia asked Nick if he would bind Sam's powers so his aura would be less recognizable and protect him from Douglas. Nick initially refused, but after holding Sam and sensing his incredible power, he changed his mind.
Tia's binding didn't work because she was exhausted from the birth, so Nick gave it a go, and this time it seemed to take.