“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world…” Geillis says as she comes up behind Claire in the courtyard.
Claire’s curious how she’s not, you know, dead. Geillis explains that the authorities waited for her to give birth before trying to burn her alive, and by that time, Geillis was able to convince Dougal to help her escape. She later married a rich plantation owner (yep, sounds like Geillis) and settled in Jamaica as Mistress Abernathy. When Claire tells Geillis of her missing nephew, Geillis too volunteers to help, not divulging that she, of course, has been holding him prisoner. (Or so we assume.)
Back inside, Claire brings Geillis to Jamie, who’s deep in conversation with Lord John. Geillis spies the blue bauble hanging inside his coat, and she knows from whence it came. She hatches a plan with Margaret to read the governor’s fortune, holding Grey’s and the remaining two sapphires in her hand (the required recipe for divining the next king of Scotland, apparently).
“This will bring death,” Margaret warns her brother. “I can feel it.” Archibald insists she do the reading…or else.
Grey, for his part, tries to avoid the situation altogether, but Geillis insists. When Margaret finally has the trio of gems in her hand, she seems possessed, and delivers what sounds to be a dire message about a “Scotsman crown.” Archibald, her translator, tries to make sense of the reading to Geillis. His interpretation: A new king will rise in Scotland when a 200-year-old baby is killed. And if you were about to make a Benjamin Button joke, Geillis beat you to it. (Apparently she was an F. Scott Fitzgerald fan?)
The riddle is of little concern to Claire and Jamie, who have a more important problem to solve: Captain Leonard has just arrived at the ball. They flee the party and rejoin Temeraire outside, who says the governor’s slaves informed him that Ian is at the Abernathys’ (i.e. with Geillis). They make for Rose Hall, promising Temeraire that they will drop him off at a secret settlement with other freed slaves along the way. Which they do, only to be intercepted by Captain Leonard and his men. Jamie is dragged off, all the while yelling for Claire to find young Ian.
She’ll have to go through Geillis Duncan first…