The Indus red with blood. The nephelim are allies underground. Murk causes misery for centuries. Shimmer, Old Shiver, and a third spirit rage across the earth for twenty-nine years. Only the kindly are left alive. Shimmer sleeps. Ahalya visits. Shimmer is taken back past the beginning of the universe. He kneels. De Quincey frets, but Peg has faith.