Todd introduces Ben as his dad, and Doctor Snow warns him about making this claim—he says that the two of them look like spies from Prentisstown.
Todd defends Viola when they make a comment about her being a dumb girl, pointing out that actually she's her own person and deserves respect.
A man with a birthmark causes a fuss, saying that they have a Prentisstown army marching toward them and their timing is suspicious.
Todd hears all of their angry Noise focusing their fury about Prentisstown on Ben.
The men are arguing with Ben about some law that Todd doesn't know about, and Ben defends Todd, saying that he's innocent.
They are about to send Viola and Todd away and do something to Ben (according to the law, whatever it is) when they hear hoof beats. In a scuffle (which includes Todd slicing the birthmark-guy's hand) Doctor Snow ceases fire, telling his men that they have to protect their own town, and that Todd, Viola, and Ben are free to go.
Ben wants to part ways with them to keep them safe, but Todd and Viola insist that they come along.