Uncas watches Cora leave until she disappears from view. Some Delaware warriors strip a young tree down in preparation for a pre-war ritual.
Uncas changes into war gear and sings a war song.
Uncas assumes leadership in the oncoming war, and some overeager young Indians rip apart the rest of the tree.
Hawkeye sends a young Indian boy to retrieve his rifle and Uncas's rifle from the forest. This is kind of a dangerous expedition, seeing as Huron spies are lurking in the woods.
The boy is crafty and soon comes back. Hawkeye checks his weapon over, then asks if the boy has been hurt.
He has; he just hasn't said anything. Hawkeye binds up the flesh wound on the boy's arm and compliments him.
A group is sent to dispose of the spies. This is soon accomplished. Uncas divides up his troops of over two hundred men.
They head into the woods, stopping only to listen to their scouts' information and hold a quick council.
A stranger emerges from the enemy side. Hawkeye prepares to kill him, but then realizes it is their old friend, the weirdo David Gamut.
Hawkeye makes contact with Gamut and brings him back to the group. He asks for an update on the Mingo movements.
David tells them the Indians have been very loud and profane, which is why he ran away. David just can't deal with life.
Hawkeye asks where the Hurons are located. David responds that they are hidden throughout the forest. Helpful.
Magua is with them, but he has left Cora in a cave.
Uncas looks to Hawkeye for advice. His friend requests twenty warriors. His plan is to head along the stream and join up with Chingachgook and Munro. He will give a whoop when they have linked up, at which point Uncas should drive to the front. They will then attack the village and rescue Cora.
Heyward approves of the plan. After a hasty conference to settle on signals and tactics and all that jazz, everyone separates.