After escaping the clutches and immediate reach of the elves, two wildlings and their boughbreaker separate and as fate would have it reconnect in the far reaches of The Shattered City at the hub city of Gateway. Drawn by an advert seeking brave souls to explore and search the ancient islands and ruins throughout The Shattered City, they meet Tolas Gundar, a rising merchant in Gateway who hires them to determine the fate of one of his other scavenger teams aboard the Verdant. Sailing upon the Chance, captained by a superstitious orc known as Karr Luckfinder. Upon locating the island, they find the Verdant has suffered serious damage to the hull due to weeks of drifting into the island's rocky shore.
Going ashore themselves, they find a path the crew in question struck out upon into the wooded landscape of the large island. Deep within the forest, in a bowl valley on the eastern side, the remains of a once large ruined building is revealed. Near one outer corner, they find some of the crew buried and dead midst a collapsed section of the floor, now little more than a wide pit ending in an old storeroom or basement to the complex. While investigating the dead crew, a path carved by those surviving the fall leads off to a stairwell deep into the ground and opens upon a series of rooms. The stench of death gives little warning when several risen dead stumble from the other rooms and attack.
After dispatching the lumbering zombies, they find the dismembered remains of the rest of the crew. To stave off any chance of another rising, the bodies are brought together in the collapsed pit and burned. Returning to the Verdant and Chance, Karr secured the Verdant to be towed back to Gateway.
Upon their return, negotiations are engaged with Tolas about eventually becoming the new crew and captain of the Verdant, once repaired with the agreement they will sell their salvage to him exclusively until such time as they pay off the debt of the ship. In the mean-time, Tolas promises more work opportunities, having proven themselves quite capable.