Lawrence and Holo arrive at their next destination, Kumersun, just in time for the town's annual festival. Lawrence is there to sell his cargo of nails; Holo is of course more interested in the festivities...and the food and drink. While they're enjoying themselves, the pair meet and befriend an ambitious young merchant named Amarty. Instantly smitten with Holo and under a rather extreme misunderstanding about her ties to Lawrence, no thanks to Holo herself, he proposes a duel for her hand—merchant-style. Lawrence takes the challenge in good humor, and not without a glimmer of greed.