Evan and the Wardens are in the dining room with a sword being unsheathed. Susan is on the floor with a bag over her head. The smell of gasoline seeps in. Evan opens the dining room’s doors and a gas can comes flying past his head. Evelyn stands a few feet from the door ready, with her candelabra, to alight the floor which she claims has gasoline throughout the estate. Evan calming walks back to the thrown gas can, holds the remaining liquid and can over Susan’s head. He says that he will make sure Susan burns if she drops that candelabra. Evelyn says that if Susan dies, she’ll make sure everyone burns. They stare at each other in stalemate.
Dante and Wanda arrive back from their meeting with Old Lady Crowley. The doors to the estate are locked and no one is answering the door. Dante walks to the front window and sees Evelyn facing into the dining room. He also sees Evan in the dining room with Ramirez holding a sword over a figure on the dining room floor. Dante shoots an arrow and narrowly misses Ramirez. Warden Dino magically encases the windows and doors with vines. Evelyn gets distracted by this and Evan uses this moment to channel some wind to blow out her candelabra. Evelyn curses him and runs into the kitchen. Dante devises a plan to create an explosive to break open the door. With the Wardens distracted, Evan decides to magically tip over a candelabra, causing a fire to spread. The Wardens and Evan take Susan and rush out the back door, leaving a growing fire and vines to deter Dante. Dante, seeing that making an explosive is taking too long, summons the strength of the Spring Knight and brute forces the front door, the magic vines, and the threshold of Evan’s ward. He collects Evelyn and uses the finally made explosive to make a path to the back door. Wanda does the sensible thing and calls the fire department.
Back at the Francis Scott Key Bridge, Ms. Gard tells Henry and Kevin that the meeting may continue after the dramatic entrance of Harry Dresden and Molly Carpenter, representing the Knights of the Cross.
Henry puts forward a motion to become a sentry of the vault, keeping in line whomever would take over in Old Man Montrose’s place. This would make sure that the ideals of the vault would be kept in line. Henry also makes a plea for Evan to become the owner of the vault and that the investors not make snap decisions based on rumours that Evan is unfit.
The present Vasiliki Lagios offers his services in the general running of the vault, while he hints of Evan’s zealousness for the White Council that might disrupt the workings of the vault. He also questions the power and security Henry can bring, a person who is not part of any faction of The Unseelie Accords and is a practical no one. Vasiliki ensures the White Court would do much better in protecting the investors interest.
Mr. Vadderung gives Evan consideration after the mention of Evan’s rocky relationship with his father that made passing the vault more troublesome. The Summer Lady takes notes of all arguments but is keen to the idea of having a sentry watching out for the vault owner. The Winter Lady cares not for any of Winter’s dealings with this vault and says she’d prefer to have her “investments” let go and not have a need for the vault. Mr. Ferro shows little of his hand but it’s clear he wants the vault running exactly the way it is, no matter who’s running it. Dresden sides wholeheartedly with Henry since he won’t trust any White Court who doesn’t send him strip-o-grams.
Henry says that these revelations must be a lot to take in for all the investors. He offers to reconvene at the White Court Ball in three days time. He’d rather them make a considered decision rather than invite them all to the ball under false pretenses and spring this information while calling for a snap decision without the other parties present. Vasiliki turns to Henry with restrained ire behind his eyes. The investors agree and depart. Henry and Kevin hurry back to the estate.
Evan has led the Wardens to a massive treehouse in the woods among his estate. The Wardens take Susan to it’s top level and prepare to continue the trial. Dante loses time trying to find Evan’s trail until Evelyn makes a torch to light his way. Ramirez gives Evan his sword and says that Evan must do the execution. With Evan’s father dead and there being no regional commander, Warden Morgan decreed that Evan had shown the loyalty and dedication needed to be granted such an honor. Also, Evan’s father kept close track of Evan’s progress, passing all reports to the White Council. Being impressed with Evan’s gifts, they granted Old Man Montrose to keep Evan away from the initial wizard draft. Morgan has now overturned that ruling, Ramirez says, as he hands Evan a grey cloak of the Wardens.
Evan is hesitant about taking the cloak and joining the Wardens. Ramirez says this isn’t really up for debate. Evan either joins the Wardens or risks being ousted from the White Council, possibly even more consequences. Ramirez says that he’ll cover for Evan until after the Wardens come back to town after joining some major battle with the Red Court that they need to get too soon. As for now, Evan must do the execution.
Henry and Kevin get back to the estate which is now fully engulfed in flames. Wanda tells them what went down. Henry and Kevin head into the forest behind the estate and easily pick up Dante’s trail. Dante and Evelyn find the treehouse. They enter cautiously and break down the barriers set up by the forward-thinking and totally trustworthy Warden Dino. They enter the top floor to find Evan, alone, with a headless body. Dante punches a hole through the wall. The view through it shows the estate burning steadily. He vows to make the killers pay. Evan defeatedly states that he did it. Henry and Kevin make it to the scene. Upon hearing the news from Evan’s mouth, Henry knocks Evan out. Evelyn wants to be left alone. Kevin takes the body(and head) down and Dante buries it. Henry brings the unconscious Evan to the pool house. Evelyn jumps through the hole of the treehouse to take an easy way out but Dante catches her in the nick of time. Evelyn cries.
As the fire department get the inferno at the estate under control, Henry lays Evan in the one bedroom of the pool house and stands as sentry. Kevin leaves to get his head away from the chaos. Dante sees a rolled down window of a limo viewing the now collapsing estate. His grandfather is inside. Dante calls his grandfather and is promptly put on the phone with Vasiliki Lagios. Vasiliki asks his relationship with the group, especially Kevin. Dante feigns between indifference to hatred. Vasiliki is pleased since he warns that Kevin does not have his “protection” anymore. Kevin might not even last the next couple of days. Dante sets up a meeting to see Vasiliki in the morning.