As many weeks have passed, we see that Claire has picked up Cherokee and is learning about their medicinal ways via her growing friendship with the Cherokee healer, Adawehi. We also see that their home is nice, cozy, and lived in. They are living a happy life, where Claire tends to her neighbors and to her growing homestead. Their home is done and looks lived in. Jamie is on the hunt for people to move on to his land, but everyone is fearful of the Governor’s taxes, so they balk at Jamie’s generous offer. At first, he is unawares of any rumblings of the locals taking action against the Brits, but that all changes when someone from his past pops up.
That person is Murtagh, who is the local Smithy. When they see each other, I cried. They are family, any you need as much of them in your life in the new world. Murtagh does a favor for Jamie, but then asks Jamie to attend a meeting. In that meeting, we learn that Mutagh is a regulator and all the local Scots are fed up with the Brits and it seems a revolt is in the works. However, when Murtagh asks Jamie to sign in, Jamie says no. He is in a bind, because in order to get the land, Jamie had to promise to not be involved in any unrest. Yet, Jamie did promise to not stop the unrest from happening.
A highlight was when Murtagh popped up at Fraser’s Ridge to surprise Claire. So much love Murtagh has for Claire and Jamie, his Godson.
Hearing Jamie describe Brainna’s birthmark, something he did not know of, and this moment with Murtagh, were the only bright spots for a tumultuous fortnight for Claire.
She helped a local German woman give birth to her daughter, Klara. Unfortunately, Klara, her mother and father died from a measles out break. The Patriarch of the family blames the local Cherokee because after Klara was born, they popped up to get water for their horses. Herr Mueller was not happy about the “Savages” going on his property. So, he grabs his rifle and aims for them. Claire successfully quells the potential blood shed and the Cherokee bless the water and go off. Shortly thereafter, the young parents and baby die. Herr Mueller goes insane with grief. and refuses to listen to reason and gifts Claire with the scalp of Adawehi, the Cherokee healer. She shuns him for his heinous act and Claire burns the scalp with herbs to honor Adawehi. The Cherokee torch the house of the Germans and kill Herr and Frau Mueller for what he did.
When Jamie returns home, that man can read her like a book. One look at her face and he is running to her to console her and life goes to back to normal.
Back in the 1970s, Roger is hunting down Brianna and he gets a clue in the form of a letter that was supposed to be sent to him a year after her trip there. In the letter, she tells him that she loves him, but she knows something happens to her parents so Brianna goes to the stones.
Does she make it to her parents?
Will Roger follow?
Next: Blood of My Blood – Jamie and Claire are surprised when Lord John Grey drops in on Fraser’s Ridge with an unexpected traveling companion (Jamie Jr.); when Grey takes ill from the measles, Claire must reconcile her personal feelings with her duties as a doctor.