We start with more bad news: poor Juan de Santa Marta is sick, possibly with "malaria" (1.2). Get well soon, buddy.
Still, Rodrigues is more worried about Father Valignano. After the recent Shimabara Rebellion (led by Christians), the Japanese government is even more hostile towards priests.
Rodrigues explains that he and the others just want to learn the truth about Ferreira. Valignano is unsure himself: all he knows is that Ferreira supposedly renounced his faith after being interrogated by Inoue, the much-feared magistrate of Nagasaki.
Despite this, Rodrigues somehow manages to convince Valignano to approve their "secret mission" (1.18).
By chance, the Rodrigues and Valignano run into a scraggly Japanese drunk named Kichijiro. Although he claims to not be a Christian, he agrees to help the priests make their way into Japan.
Meanwhile, Valignano hires a crew of Chinese sailors. Santa Marta's still sick as a dog, so he'll have to stay back in Macau.
Although Kichijiro mingles with the crew, he quickly proves himself to be an unreliable worker. Rodrigues wonders if the old drunk is planning to betray them.
With five days left until their departure for Japan, Rodrigues sits in his room at the dead of night, visualizing the face of Jesus.