It is during chapter 5 that Winnie meets Jesse Tuck by the spring. Winnie insists that she should be allowed to drink from the spring that she saw Jesse drinking from, and Jesse tries to keep her from doing that. Unfortunately, Jesse is not having much luck. Right as Winnie kneels down to take a drink, Mae Tuck arrives. She quickly assesses the situation and announces that the worst has finally happened. Chapter 6 then begins, and Winnie finds herself on the back of the horse being taken away from the spring. Mae keeps apologizing for their actions, and she promises to explain everything at their home. The Tucks have taken Winnie for two main reasons:
- The Tucks grabbed Winnie in order to physically prevent her from drinking the spring water that would turn her immortal.
- The Tucks take Winnie because they feel obligated to tell her the truth about the spring.
Mae and Jesse stop to rest, and they tell Winnie their story; however, they are still not willing to send Winnie on her way home. They want to make sure that Winnie fully understands the danger of the spring and the necessity of keeping it a secret. Mae Tuck believes that her husband is the best person for that job. They want to take Winnie home so that Angus can convince Winnie to keep the secret.
"We got to take you home with us. That's the plan. Tuck—he'll want to talk it out, make sure you see why you can't tell no one. But we'll bring you back tomorrow. All right?"