This chapter begins with Shepard getting the news from Mr. Everard that Sook (whom he had had watched) had bought a gun. He orders Everard to spread the word that if anyone sees Sook, they are to call Shepard.
He also asks Everard to alert Carver to the news of Sook's purchase.
Meanwhile, it seems that since Staines had been missing for eight weeks, the Magistrate decided that his claims and mines were to be surrendered to the Crown.
Quee has been given a new claim as a result. He is exiting the Company office with his new indenture papers when some men mistake him for Johnny Sook and assault him.
Manning interrupts the assault, telling them they have the wrong dude.
Quee thanks Mannering for helping. Then they discuss Sook's whereabouts.
Mannering discovers that Quee has been assigned to his claim the Dream of England. Mannering assures Quee it's not a duffer.