Having slipped his Draconic leash in favor of a sponsor with a looser grip, Trevor throws a three day party celebrating his “freedom from the greater evils of the world.” Meanwhile, Cherberus presents James with an offer from the elusive Fomori Court to recruit Trevor, who they seem to believe is now unaffiliated. James conveys this offer to Trevor as an alternative to the Denarian. Giorgiel encourages Trevor to sign up for the extra power and connections, but Trevor feels that his hold over his own will is tenuous enough already and swearing fealty to another supernatural power might stretch him beyond his limits. Trevor doesn’t want to abandon Giorgiel, so he turns down the offer. James starts searching for a way to save Trevor from his indebtedness to Giorgiel.
James also begins meeting with a friend of his father’s, the warlock Henry Engel, for lessons he wouldn’t receive from the White Council. Not wanting to violate the laws, James opts to start with mental defense training. James then spends the week practicing what he learned, while Trevor prepares for a party, ostensibly in his honor, being thrown by the vampiric White Court. At the party, Trevor is introduced to the new head of the White Court in Detroit, Caden Malvora, and is subtly fed upon by Lara Raith. Everyone present denies the depredation and potential violation of hospitality, but Trevor felt parts of himself slipping away and came away with a longing for further contact with Lara even though he is certain it could be fatal.
Eventually, Trevor realizes he is not going to be able to convert Giorgiel to good, which he was foolishly hoping to do, and more importantly that the previously casual relationship ended when he drew permanent power into himself from the coin. The fact that he was no longer the master of his own mind and will, a greater bondage than Atharhax had inflicted, greatly troubled Trevor. He begins to do charity and gave away his new manor and all of Jeremiah Wells cash reserves; but even his attempts to do good works don’t go as planned. Knowing that Giorgiel can override his will makes Trevor realize that the only reason he didn’t know how much power the fallen angel had over him earlier was because his own choices and actions were not opposed to the Denarians’ goal. That goal being apocalypse, both now and ultimately. Trevor commits to freeing himself of the Denarian and asks James for help.
Trevor makes every preparation he can, most of it feeble and worthless; while James goes to the church and Father Mulcahey for aid. Giorgiel exploits every weakness in Trevor’s will, but with every once of his will and pride, along with aid from his friend, Trevor manages to drop the coin. The blacked denari is then recovered by the church, Trevor signs on with the mysterious Fomor, and James is invited to White Council headquarters to take the test to be a wizard.