As punishment for skipping work, Tom gets sent down to the Gut—London's engine room.
He ends up on the receiving end of a pleasant surprise: tonight's supervisor is Thaddeus Valentine—author, archeologist, and Tom's hero. Valentine's pretty much Indiana Jones with a sword instead of a whip and an airship instead of a bi-plane.
The cherry on this sundae: Valentine's beautiful daughter, Katherine, is with him. And so is her dog, Dog. Well, it's a wolf named Dog, but that doesn't make the name sound any better. Maybe later we'll meet her bat, Bird; her dolphin, Fish; and her guinea pig, Gerbil.
They go check out what was salvaged from Salthook, the town London devoured.
Hoping to impress Valentine, Tom scours the junk and finds something of value: an old CD. Ooh, shiny.
Valentine is chatting with the scavengers when one of them leaps toward him with a knife. Egads.