Winnowill enlists Kureel and Tyldak to help her kidnap Suntop as a new means to blackmail the Wolfriders into leaving Blue Mountain--after rendering Lord Voll unconscious with a black healing. Cutter summons Strongbow & Moonshade back into the mountain to help reclaim his cub.
Unable to help himself from Winnowill's grasp, Suntop "goes out" into Winnowill's trap to set Savah's spirit free to return to her body before she dies.
Savah imparts the message to Suntop that Leetah needs to heal Winnowill. A message that will have to wait until their spirits are free of Winnowill to be passed on.
The WolfRiders battle through Winnowill's traps and tricks to reclaim their youngest member, finally ending up trapped in a strangleweed net. Redlance uses is treeshaper magic to free Strongbow's bow arm just long enough to shoot Winnowill through the shoulder, aware that to kill her with Suntop's spirit still trapped could mean death for the child as well.
The pain of the wound causes Winnowill's grasp on her two trapped spirits to weaken and Suntop & Savah return to their respective bodies and Suntop yells out his message.
Leetah cuts herself free and falls from the net to pursue Winnowill to impart the much-needed healing but Winnowill throws herself from a staircase to escape Leetah's help--preferring her current twisted self to the pain she felt before she damaged her own soul.