Claire works hard as the MacKenzie clan’s healer in the hopes of earning their trust and being set free. When Mrs. Fitzgibbons’ nephew becomes ill, the locals believe he is possessed by a demon, Claire goes to see if she can assist. She clashes with Father Bain, who is performing an exorcism on the youngster to rid him of his demonic spirits. She delivers a cure after determining that the boy has been poisoned, but she also makes an enemy of the priest. Claire learns how thieves are dealt with when she visits Geillis Duncan in the village. She hears a folk tale that describes exactly what has happened to her just as she begins to believe there is no possibility of ever seeing her husband again.

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