In Chapter 11, after Petra and her horse are attacked, the group makes plans. What plans do they make?
The plans that they make are basically to stay quiet. The group agrees that if anybody had any real information about them being telepathic Deviants, an inquiry would already be underway.
". . . they can't know much, or they'd have called an inquiry already, and they'll have to be pretty damn sure of themselves before they do call one. The inspector isn't going to put himself in a weak spot with your father if he can help it . . . "
The group decides that each person will go back to their town and homes and act as normal as possible. They will each pay special close attention to any developments that might arise if suspicions about the group grow. They all decide that if they are discovered, their best course of action is to run. They do not want to be captured, because capture means death, banishment, or sterilization. Banishment is the best case scenario. The group also decides that Petra is the most likely to be discovered. They appoint David her watcher. It is his job to rescue her if she is discovered. If he cannot rescue her, David is told to kill her in order to save her from society's punishment.
"'If the worst comes to the worst, and you can't save Petra, it would be kinder to kill her than let her go to sterilization and banishment to the Fringes — a lot more merciful for a child. You understand? Do the rest of you agree?' Their agreements came in."