Captains Crozier and Fitzjames walk to the cairn visited by by Lieutenant Gore in the year before and update the message there. Afterwards Fitzjames opens up to Crozier about his troubled personal life including his illegitimate birth and how he joined the military seeking personal glory. Crozier appreciates his honesty and the two are able to put aside their past differences and bond as brothers. Upon returning to camp they discover the alarm bells are ringing and one of the officer's reports to Crozier that Hickey told him and his hunting party that Lieutenant Irving and the Petty Officer were killed by the Netsilik so his hunting party killed the Netsilik family in retaliation. Crozier is skeptical of the story and orders Hickey to take him and others back to the alleged murder site.