Eragon continues on his journey, stopping to hide from soldiers of the Imperial Army under the command of Braethan. He meets a "crazy" hermit named Tenga, helping him harvest peas from his garden for supper, before heading onward to Eastcroft. He enters the local inn, where the minstrels are playing Sweet Aethrid o' Dauth. Much to his surprise, he meets Arya. They stay for a short while before heading back towards Surda.