Chapters 27–32 Summary

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Chapter 27

In Kashan, George feels responsible for the fact that the crew is stuck on Rakhat. The only probable solution is that, after making contact with the Singers, they might be able to manufacture more fuel.

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Sofia and Marc recover from the plane crash, and D.W. continues to suffer bouts of sickness. Emilio notices the care and self-control Jimmy shows toward Sofia, realizing that they are slowly developing a relationship. Emilio feels a deep grief but remains strong in his decision to remain celibate.

With the Runa gone and everyone well-rested, the crew takes the opportunity to have a private party. During their party, a stranger approaches and attacks Emilio. Emilio defends himself, and they discover that the stranger is Supaari VaGayjur, who is shocked at the sight of the foreigners.

The crew offers Supaari coffee, makes their introductions, and invites him to join them for dinner.

Chapter 28

In Naples, John Candotti finds Emilio in the laundry room. With new braces for his hands, Emilio is much more capable. They banter and joke back and forth, but when Candotti tries to ask about specifics of what happened on Rakhat, Emilio ends the conversation.

Giuliani meets with Voelker, Behr, and Candotti. He tasks them with gathering information about the Rakhat mission but also to care for Emilio as a fellow priest. He gives them transcripts of the mission reports from D.W. Yarbrough and Marc Robichaux. Giuliani believes that Emilio’s spiritual state at the beginning of the Rakhat mission, described by his fellow crewmembers, was sincere. Giuliani instructs the group to treat him gently, refraining from any accusations, to try to discover what changed.

The hearings continue. Emilio explains the similarities and differences between the Jana’ata and Runa. The Jana’ata are carnivores and, Emilio speculates, evolved the intellectual and physical capabilities to hunt the Runa more effectively. The Jana’ata enforce strict population control and see themselves as guardians of the Runa, whom they breed for meat and labor.

Chapter 29

In Kashan, the crew learns about Runa and Jana’ata culture through Supaari. When the Runa return to the village, they do not fear Supaari, and the relationship is generally positive. The Jesuit crew do not realize that Supaari is an exception or understand how he might crave the social status that he has been denied among other Jana’ata.

Supaari leaves Kashan, and Anne explains to the rest of the crew what she has learned from him regarding Runa gender roles.

On his return to Gayjur, Supaari hopes that he can use his relationship with the foreigners to convince Hlavin Kitheri to name him a Founder.

In Kashan, the Jesuit party settles into a productive second year in the village. The humans introduce various new ideas and technology to the Runa—drawings, pulley systems, and even a water slide. With Supaari’s permission, they grow a garden.

The Runa also begin growing gardens and become more sexually active. Sofia and Jimmy’s own courtship progresses, with Emilio’s unspoken blessing, and culminates in a wedding. Shortly after their marriage, Sofia becomes pregnant.

Chapter 30

Despite Anne’s treatments, D.W.’s health continues to deteriorate. Anne convinces D.W. to go with her on a walk, and D.W. gives Anne instructions regarding the crew for after his death.

Meanwhile, Supaari brings Marc, Jimmy, and George to Gayjur. He stresses that they must not be seen by any other Jana’ata. Supaari’s secretary, Awijan, tours them through the city in the evening hours. One day, Supaari accompanies Marc to see a Jana’ata artistic performance. Marc, wearing a disguise, sees Jana’ata in daylight for the first time. In a seemingly drugged state after the performance, Marc sees three Runao being publicly executed. Meanwhile, Awijan brings...

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