With Algomin unavailable to apply the scent board North of Frostic. Lieam catches up with the team and assists Sadie and Saxon in the mission while Laurel and Kenzie help the townsmice with repairs.
Saxon and Lieam collect the materials needed while Sadie plugs the tunnel Algomin had used. While collecting milkweed Lieam unearths a brass plate with mysterious writing that is later discovered to be Rattish.
En route to the scent border the three mice find two feuding brothers each charging a toll on the two ends of a bridge. The Gaurd, eager to secure the border, pass trough without incident and even get one brother to stop charging a toll, but vow to come back and settle the brothers’ dispute.
The scent border is applied with only minor difficulty; a crow spies the brass plate in Liams sack and pins him down to steal it. Sadie chases the bird off with a aimed sling shot to the beak. Later, they find a long dead body and bury it.
On the way back to Frostic, the team finds a farm that burnt down over winter. The location occupants, Thom and Josephine, are unknown. In town, they find noone has heard from the couple, but it is guessed that they might have sought refuge in Windselm, a small, remote commune in the Wild Country run by an old mouse named Aegus.