Claire understands that she will have to act like a native if she wants to survive in this period. She arrives at Castle Leoch and meets the laird of the castle, Colum MacKenzie, after being dressed appropriately by the housekeeper Mrs. Fitzgibbons. He offers to bring her to Inverness in a few days, but Claire’s narrative of being attacked by brigands on her trip to France seems questionable, and she is suspected of being a spy. Colum says she won’t go until they know who she is and what she’s up to when the time comes.

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