The Dundee clan has caught malaria in the marshlands, and found only hostility from another clan led by Scott, a former Hunter whose own people is suffering from the same disease. Quentin is called to help, and soon Clyde catches malaria herself. As Quentin and Ramirez seek the medicine Jettator, Ilrick, Scott contacts Arak, who has just lost leadership authority to the bureaucrat Asklepios, and is looking to prove his worth to Kortan. After Quentin receives Ilrick's Quickening, he makes a cure for malaria; however, he and Ramirez are captured by the Hunters. The Dundee clan comes to the rescue, Scott has a change of heart as the malaria sets in on him, and they escape to cure Clyde and the people of the clans of the deadly sickness.