After Alice and Isaac leave the plantation together, within a few days they are apprehended. Isaac is in legal trouble: he has struck Rufus and, as an enslaved person, is not allowed to travel without permission. Although Alice was free, the fact that she aided an enslaved person is used as a justification to revoke her freedom. Rufus purchases Alice so that he can keep her close to him and have sexual intercourse with her whenever he desires. Because she is considered his property, this type of sexual abuse is not criminal in the legal system of that time.
When Alice is taken to the Weylin house, she is unconscious. In the pursuit and capture, she was bitten by dogs and then whipped. Rufus has appointed Dana to care for Alice, so she is present when Alice wakes up with no memory of what happened. One of the role reversals is that Dana becomes the more the cautious of the two. Having brought her twentieth-century attitudes back into time with her, Dana had often asked too many questions and spoken too loudly, which Sarah reminded her could be dangerous if others overheard. Dana had disrespected her peers, thinking their fear meant they were not brave. When Alice regains consciousness, she loudly demands to know what happened, and Dana must quiet her down so she will not be overheard and punished further.
On her first time travels, Dana arrived with no preparation for life under slavery. She had to figure out how she could survive as an enslaved person and, hopefully, retain her dignity in accord with her modern identity. For the Weylins, she works inside the house but, with Sarah as administrator, she has some flexibility in her duties. Alice has been free before, so Dana had previously felt a common bond with her. Now that Rufus has purchased her, Alice must learn to live as enslaved person. Alice asks, “What’s it like to be a slave?” Dana is placed in the unusual position of having to explain to her how to do so.