The Hauslands attend upon the sick king; Robin Laperdue presents her Yuletide gift to the King, a gilded wildrose, a token of the new year but also of farewell. Sir Louis of Ghent falls just short of openly mocking the King. The Hauslands decide to leave at once; as they leave, Prudence accosts them and requests to come with them. That night, they learn that the wicked Baron Ropish has been declared Lord Protector of the Realm, and Prince Christopher has been arrested for heresy. They also learn even more important news: their younger sister is pregnant with King Eamon’s child.