The Stormrider crew are taken to New Arkoddia and imprisoned. They quickly learn about the rigid Arkoddian society. Vassler, the youngest Arkoddian scout, is intrigued by their attitude and eager to learn from them. But the other Arkoddians are wary of the Outsiders. In the prison, Flees worries that Lee is telling Mephanny, a young Arkoddian girl, too much about life at the Settlement. Vassler overhears Voss tell his father he will harm the boys if Flees does not agree to show them how to drive the Stormrider. Fearing for their safety, Vassler breaks the crew out of prison, only to be betrayed by Mephanny and chased from the island. Vassler is called a traitor by a senior member of the Arkoddian Council. With no other option, he leaves New Arkoddia on board Stormrider.