Blakeney and Grimm go to Witwick, where Blakeney instructs Grimm in how to discharge a Paradox-build-up, by using himself as subject. Starfall continues to look into the events that led to his mother’s death. He enlists the help of turncoat Technocrat Brigham.
Grimm tries to make sense of life outside the College, but ends up numbing his existence through partying. He finally realizes that he needs a job, and has Starfall find him a job as an extra on a TV-show.
Blakeney goes through McQueen’s manuscript and “defuses” it. He also starts writing a new novel, based on Grimm’s life, and convinces his agent to try to sell it.