The epidemic is quelled with minimal damage done to Copperwood and the surround towns. During the closing ceremonies Stallins himself make a rousing speech congratulating the Mouse Guard and names Dameon as the Hero of Copperwood. Dameon and Vermina chat up Stallins during the party after the speech in hopes of stalling him while Red and Xander dig up dirt on Stallins. Gaining entry into his personal home they find a codebook, an important piece of the puzzle needed to break the code of the map found on the Grain Peddler.
The following day they’re ready to leave with all the recruits that had previously signed up. The local head teamster asks them to escort a caravan heading to Lockhaven since they’re going there anyway.
One of the recruits, Goose, a lanky and overzealous young mouse, takes it upon himself to break up a fight between two of the traveling merchants. He panics and overreacts, killing one of the merchants. The patrol decides to take him to Lockhaven and have him tried there. Roddy talks down the merhcants, wife, Goose’s cousin, and Connor gives an impromptu speech that quiets the concerns of the other 8 recruits.
They return to Lockhaven to rest and recuperate and improve some of their skills during their downtime.
After a few weeks Summer begins. Gwendolen calls the patrol into her office and tells them of an ongoing problem that is only getting worse and requires the Guards help immediately. A roving group of bandits has been ravaging farm land and the village of Pebblebrook. The group is to travel there and find a solution.