Delia, having just witnessed the truth about the disappearing veterans, narrowly manages to slip away from the corn hole and heads downtown to find Wincott. She spots him with one of his fellow wolves, a major, getting to a humvee. She tracks the vehicle to its final destination – Monroe Automotive.
The biker decor has been removed, leaving behind a sterile shadow of the former pack headquarters. Dee notices a corner near the back of the bar where there is a gap in their security and sneaks in. Using her new moon’s cunning, she manages slip through into the compound right behind Wincott himself. Once inside the compound, she hides until night, just outside the main building.
Once darkness has fallen, she notices light coming from the second floor and deftly makes her way up there. She reaches Devlin’s room and sees Wincott’s face in the window, but luckily he doesn’t see her. She slips around the corner and into the hallway outside the room. Delia notices her own room has been locked – this is likely where the prisoners are being kept. Wincott’s door is ajar. Sticking to the shadows, she enters the room and hides under the bed in shadow form and waits for Wincott to leave the room.
Wincott is sitting on the bed and Piper is with him. She looks tense and nervous while flipping through a magazine. He gets up and closes the door and then goes over to the bed and touches Piper’s face, caressing her jaw line. He then leaves to use the bathroom. Dee materializes behind Piper and knocks her out. She then steals Wincott’s silver-plated barretta out of the bedside table and heads to the window.
Landing on the concrete below, Dee makes a break for the outer wall, exiting the complex. She hops the fence and heads into the woods just as the search lights go on. Running through the forest, she reaches her bike and slips out of town just out from under the marines noses. Mission accomplished.
Meanwhile, the rains continue from Ukiah all the way south to the city. Brook arrives just in time to join the rest of a pack as they watch a large man in a colorful shirt jab himself with a strange object and plunge the city into the abyss. Suddenly, the pack finds themselves floating above San Francisco, as if they whole city had been sunken in mere moments and devoured by coral.
Walter is the first to realize they are actually in the hisil. He can sense a locus deep below him, but just as he turns to head its direction a swarm of Fomorian fishmen attack. As Devlin enters combat with the Fomorians, Cornell spots the Man in the Grey Suit and grabs onto his back – a risky move that pays off. He also notices the Fomorians attacking White Buffalo. She suddenly transforms herself into a white salmon to escape, but the fishmen are persistent. The voice of Wanda the Bat can be heard in the distance, telling us to leave, but she herself is nowhere to be found. Ross is also missing in action.
As if there was enough to deal with already, emerging from below come three coral golems lined with sharp shells propel themselves upwards to engage the pack, as well as more Fomorians. Walter is struck by one resembling a blowfish and reels back, but his foxfire thankfully works just as well in a watery part of the hisil and he’s able to escape. The rest of the pack fight their own fishmen, A giant whale swimming past lets out a bellow that bursts Walter and Cornell’s eardrums and causes Cornell to go unconscious. With the help of Grey Suit and White Buffalo, they manage to defeat the Fomorians and reach the locus to escape. Brook grabs the unconscious Cornell and Walter uses his fox fire to guide the rest of the pack to the exit.
Waiting for them on the other side are the Golden Gate Guardians and Jorst, their spirit totem, holds the door open for us. Devlin keeps punching the last coral golem as three Fomorians follow us to the locus.The pack manages to finish them off and Stretch and Joe restrain a very injured Grey Man who is still in war form. White Buffalo transforms into a white buffalo calf as she returns to dry land. Jorst is suddenly nowhere to be seen. That’s when I show up in all my glory and explain that the Fomorians used spirit magic to cause a pocket dimension in the hisil that contained their watery battleground.
Grey Man saw Ross get dragged away by a monster with tentacles. He gives the pack a tooth and instructions to talk to White Buffalo about a ritual to help guide Ross back to them. Grey Man comments that he and Simeon had been friends. That this attack was oddly bold for the fomorians. The GGG should stay and guard their patch given this recent event. He exit snack down the hill. Devlin, Walter head back towards the hotel.
Cornell asks white buffalo about the ritual to save Ross. Dev says fuck them, the pack will rescue California themselves and when the GGG need help they can help themselves! Dee returns. Walter agrees to give the evidence to Sheriff Rogers and Jack Rackham in Sacremento to help oust the marines.
The next morning, Dee and Walter go looking for a locus to go hunting for Essence. Cornell finds white buffalo woman turns into a white raven to go do the ritual for Ross. Brook calls Tamina and let’s her know the marines will be ousted from Ukiah soon and wants her help cutting off the HQ. She is concerned about keeping her own interests safe, but she agrees to help if she can and is asked to be kept in the loop.
Dee and Walt run into Zamir of the GGG. She says they can choose two of their members to aid in retaking Ukiah.
Once everyone is gone, Devlin heads to Ukiah. He uses the bullet necklace to disguise himself as a paratrooper spirit and moves through the hisil at the corn hole and travels to Mortis Alestri’s house, the mayor of Ukiah. He goes pale and tells Dev he’s going to get them both killed. Dev tells him he’s done nothing but cause trouble, but Alestri calls Dev a criminal and the club a gang. Dev shoots him three times and stashes the gun slightly concealed in the house. The plan is all coming together. It’s only a matter of time now.