Just the Outlander chapter
We start with Claire and Jamie helping to deliver a cow’s first calf. Just as they manage that, Mr. Cloudtree turns up. As Claire remembers who he is—and it serves as a reminder for us—she only thinks of him as Agnes’s nasty stepfather.
It’s a fair comment, but Cloudtree has some information for Jamie. Cunningham has been trading guns with the Cherokee on the treaty line. It turns out that Cunningham is raising a militia, and his first plan is to have Jamie arrested and taken to Ferguson.
Jamie needs to figure a way to deal with this. He asks Cloudtree to deliver a letter to Scotchee Cameron. There may be a way to dissuade the Cherokee on the British side from doing anything. Cloudtree agrees to do this and leaves that night with the letter in hand.
Claire is angry. How could Cunningham do this? And how could the Ardsmuir men close to Cunningham not see what the man was doing? It took Cloudtree to come warn them, proving that people have friends where they least expect them.
Jamie isn’t sure if Scotchee will be able to do anything to help. The Overmountain men are too far away. Are they really on their own?