When Jamie is visited by Black Jack , he realizes there is a fate worse than death. They are interrupted yet again, this time by word of a skirmish nearby that has left men severely wounded. Claire 's unexpected meeting with a British general turns tense when Captain Jack Randall arrives. He says that he isn't promised to anyone else, nor is he much of a prospect for a wife.
Though he demonstrates doubt about the strength of her story, he promises safe passage for her to Inverness in a few days' time. When Randall threatens to resort to less civilized methods of interrogation, Claire says she already knows of Randall's reputation in that regard, having heard of his laying a hundred lashes upon a hundred lashes on a " poor Highlander boy ".
Swept back in time to 1740s Scotland, Claire is forced into an unknown world where her life, and her heart, threaten to be torn apart.
While the group packs up to move on with their journey, the mention of Culloden Moor recalls to Claire her harrowing visit to the field in the 20th century, with the knowledge that thousands of men, most of them Highlanders, were destined to die there.
At a nearby monastery, Claire attempts to save both Jamie's heart and soul, as his mind lingers on the torture.
Ruthless redcoats, volatile clan politics, and a brutal witch trial force Jamie and Claire to escape to a new home. After menacing threats from the Highlanders to mind his own business, Claire declines to ask for help and the man retreats to resume his redcoat uniform.
Colum then informs Claire that she will not be allowed to leave, and she will stay on as physician for the castle. They're interrupted by a brawl that breaks out among the MacKenzie group and other men, and Claire, while tending to the wounded afterwards, that they had fought in the name of her honor after the strangers had insulted her.
Taking heart from the tale, Claire resolves to escape, or die trying. Claire has a flashback to shaving Frank with the same razor, on one of their rare visits together during the war. The next morning, Claire reveals to Ned that she knows now that they're raising funds for the Stuart cause, and tells him they have no chance.
Frank searches for his missing wife; a life-changing opportunity arises for Claire as she attempts to come to terms with her marriage to Jamie. Brian Kelly. Though she backpedals to assure her loyalty to King George, Lord Thomas is clearly more suspicious of her.
There, Jamie gives Claire his mother's pearl necklace, and they make love once more.
She had just escaped the man when she encountered Randall in the woods. Though Claire is deeply disturbed and upset, she tells Randall there is hope for his soul if he chooses to be better, to choose right over wrong. Claire decides to use her medical skills to aid her escape from Castle Leoch — with Jamie 's help, she tends to an ill child. While looking around the circle afterwards, Claire spots a plant that interests her, but she and Frank make a hasty escape when one of the women returns to sit.
Dismayed, Claire fears she will never escape the castle, but her hope is renewed while enjoying another night of Gwyllyn's music. Both Sides Now.