Claire travels with Dugal and other clansmen as they collect rents in other communities. She befriends Ned Gowan, the clan’s solicitor, who joins them to deal with records and receipts. She spends a lot of time alone since the guys gather around the campfires telling ribald stories in Gaelic to keep her out. Money, grain, and animals are all accepted means of payment in the villages. Claire is disturbed by the men’s apparent lack of concern for the villagers’ welfare, and she is astonished to find Dougal collecting money, which she suspects he is using to line his own pockets. She quickly discovers that the money is for a very other purpose.

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