The villagers have crossed the Spine are camped out outside the coastal town of Narda; Roran and a few others tell the sentries they are trades-people and enter the fortified city hoping to charter a boat for the journey to Surda. Roran sees Wanted posters for both himself and Eragon, and is relieved that his new beard has changed his appearance.
There are no boats to be had, so the villagers instead arrange to use three barges piloted by a fisherman named Clovis to take them as far as the next major city, Teirm. They don’t have enough money to pay for the full journey, and Roran suggests they plan to overpower Clovis once they get to as far as Teirm, and perhaps steal the barges. Horst is troubled by this dishonesty but agrees to the plan, but the villagers are distraught at the thought of traveling on barges like cargo.