Todd and Viola hear a Noise that's a weird sort of singing, so they climb over a rock to get a better look and see a sea of what they can only describe as "creachers." Tall, silvery, fluffy cow-ish looking things, who are all "singing" one word: here.
Their beautiful melody brings them almost to tears.
They hear a voice and a man comes up to them in a cart pulled by oxen; he warns them to watch that they don't get trampled.
Viola introduces Todd and herself as Hildy and Ben, and the man introduces himself as Wilf, then offers to give them a ride.
Wilf doesn't seem very bright, because Todd and Viola are able to have a conversation on the seat next to him.
Todd and Viola get lost in the sea of creachers and their song. It's so fitting: All that matters in that field is being here. It reminds Todd of the sea, which he's never seen; they feel completely safe.
Their song has made Todd and Viola forget their present troubles. But Wilf interrupts that and, assuming that they're from Farbranch, asks if they've heard about the army.
They tell Wilf that there's trouble coming, and he should warn Brockley Falls (his settlement); eventually, they ask Wilf to drop them off.
They continue on foot, and when it starts to rain, they find shelter; they're both pretty calm still after all the here singing.
Todd and Viola decide to try hunting so they can find some food; Manchee suggests "horse" and they laugh. Then they realize he wasn't suggesting that they hunt horse—the pounding of hooves is getting closer.