Mahormimat volunteers to go to the library, after Aturn points out that men can get more out of library. He is led by the unfriendly lucking soldier to the private apartments of the Overseer of the Library of Untold Secrets who introduces herself as Dyin. The price she asks for right to enter the library is a child from the Deva. Deal that Mahormimat accepts and is treated by exotic and intoxicated drinks to help him in his task.
Meanwhile in the ship of Aturn party is discussing the history of the world with Vestur, and the Red Prince seems to be more interested in Esteva. Padme and Zalyanitha learns some bits of history and geography. And learns that according to Vestur they spent 10 136 years in brass sarcophagi. Also they learn that most of the dynasties ruling the world today have deva’s blood in their veins.
Zalyanitha again feels the hunger, and tries to get some from the Hungry Dogs, and loughs at her offer to impregnate wife of the captain with deva’s child. After that she goes to Danaal and offers him the possibility to infuse the deva’s blood in any family for some moonsilver. Danaal says that he does not have any more Moonsilver, but seems to be interested and offers Zalyanitha to stay in his ship till he gets some Moonsilver. Zalyanitha accepts the offer and spends the night in his ship.
Padme eventually gets rid of Vestur, who is milking knowledge about Devas out of her, and goes to sleep, but is woken up by the sound of moaning, that she soon find out to be moans coming from the prince’s room, and the moans belong to the Aturn himself, Esteva and her two bodyguards.
Early in the morning Mahorimat wakes up and is led to the library, where Dyin turns on some time-keeping machine and leaves Mahormimat to do his research. He is guided by the strange, human-like beings to the old book with the pages written in silver. The texts he reads draws him so much that he looses himself in the studies, jumping from one text to the another, writing new pages himself. Suddenly he is waken up out of the trance-like state by the Dyin. She tells him that his time is over and it is better to leave now. Mahormimat is escorted out of the library, where he is meet by the crowd hungry for the knowledge that Mahormimat got. But Mahormimat does not remember much, except the fact that he had probably had left more knowledge in the library than he had learned.
The same morning Zalyanitha wakes up in the Danaal’s ship and realizes that ship is sailing.