Ivy Morgan awakens from her latest Dreamlands encounter and immediately walks to her desk. Grabbing her journal, she takes a minute to recall the contents of the letter she read in her dream and jots them down on the pages verbatim. She also writes down the names Evangeline and Vittorio, and with Jonas Markham’s help, the address of St. Francis Church. Confident that they haven’t forgotten to write down any details, the two agree to drive to Kingsport, Massachusetts in the morning and go back to sleep.
Waking up a few hours later than they wished, Jonas and Ivy discuss their trip over a hastily made breakfast. Jonas suggests that they find someone to translate the letter; Ivy decides that they should stop in Little Italy before leaving for Kingsport.
The drive in to Little Italy is uneventful. Ivy finds a tobacconist on one of the corners, and she and Jonas enter the shop. A middle-aged Italian man stands behind the counter and greets them with a cheerful buon giorno! Ivy asks if the shop clerk speaks English, and he answers in the affirmative. Slapping a twenty dollar bill on the counter, she asks if he could help her translate one of her grandmother’s old letters. Eager to practice his English, the clerk obliges. After a few minutes, he is able to provide the investigators with a thorough translation of the letter. Ivy gladly hands over the twenty dollars and purchases several packs of cigarettes and a bottle of anisette.
Reading the translated letter, both Ivy and Jonas notice that Vittorio mentions a place in his dreams where he and Evangeline can live amongst the diamond and alabaster buildings; a place where it is always sunset.
During the six hour drive to Kingsport, Ivy and Jonas discuss the elderly nun and the young priest, as well as their plans for defeating The Hag and The Harlot. While it is clear that the Hag and Harlot are Dreamland manifestations of Sister Evangeline, they are unsure how they can stop her from dreaming without murdering her in cold blood. They’re also unsure how the young priest is involved. They agree to talk to the priest first to see if he can provide any further details.
It is late-afternoon when the investigators arrive in Kingsport. Looking at the map they purchased earlier in the day, Jonas is able to find the church on Ward Street. Going inside, they see parishioners gathered in prayer throughout the pews. Near the altar stands the young priest. Picking up a church missal, Ivy reads Father Dario Alighiero – Pastor. After a few minutes, the young priest walks down from the altar and exits the church through a side door. Jonas and Ivy follow.
They catch up to the priest as he is about to enter the rectory. Ivy asks if he is Father Alighiero and, if so, could they have a moment of his time. The priest answers affirmatively and ushers them into the front parlor. He apologizes for the meager accommodations and asks their business. Ivy and Jonas both allege that they are there for spiritual guidance, and question the priest about sins and the burden of having to hear confessions. Father Alighiero is taken aback by the questions and tells the investigators that he takes his role as confessor seriously – that it is a gift from God and not a burden.
Jonas, noticing that the priest is quickly losing patience with their line of questioning, changes the subject to fishing. He asks the priest how the local women deal with losing their fisherman husbands at sea. Father Alighiero says that it is difficult for many of the women, but that some find strength in God and the church. Hoping the line of questioning proves fruitful, Ivy asks if any of the widows become nuns. The priest says that he has heard of such things, but does not recall it happening in Kingsport. Seizing the opportunity, Ivy asks the priest if it would be alright to speak to the sisters about what brought them to their vows. Father Alighiero, again taken aback by the question, tells Ivy that he would have to get their approval before he could allow her to speak to them about such a delicate, spiritual subject. Hoping to rid himself of the investigators, Father Alighiero asked Jonas and Ivy to come back in the morning; perhaps they would be able to talk to the sisters after the nine o’clock mass.
Jonas and Ivy drive themselves around town, looking for a place to stay for the night. They find a local boarding house near the church and settle in for the evening. Both Ivy and Jonas are concerned that Father Alighiero is somehow involved in Dreamland events, and that Sister Evangeline may not be safe to speak to. Determined to rid the Dreamlands of The Harlot, they wrack their brains for a solution to the problem that does not include killing a priest and nun.
In the morning, Jonas and Ivy eat a quiet breakfast and then head to St. Francis. Remaining in their car, they watch as Father Alighiero and the sisters enter the church for morning mass. Making sure that no one is watching, they approach the front door of the convent and turn the doorknob. Finding the door unlocked, Jonas and Ivy enter and call out to anyone that may be left inside. Encountering nothing but silence, the two make their way back to Sister Evangeline’s bedroom and rummage through her drawer. Inside, they find the stack of photos and letters. Looking through the letters, Jonas notices that Vittorio constantly mentions the city of diamond and alabaster building where it is always sunset. Ivy finds a holy card; the name and dates on back confirm that Vittorio died in October, 1878. Careful to put everything back where he found it, Jonas ties the letters and photos up and places them back in the drawer. The investigators sneak out the back of the convent and make their way to the church.
Inside, Father Alighiero conducts the mass, while the nuns sit in the front pews, counting on their rosaries. When the service ends, the priest disappears into a side chamber, while most of the sisters return to the convent. Sister Evangeline remains, praying on her rosary. Several minutes later, Ivy notices Father Alighiero emerge from the side chamber and exit the church. She and Jonas follow the priest and ask to speak with him.
Father Alighiero is cordial but cautious. Ivy asks if she can speak to one of the nuns, and the priest says that he does not think it is a good idea. Frustrated, Ivy begins telling the priest that Sister Evangeline is dangerous, and that in her dreams she is committing unspeakable crimes. Father Alighero looks at Ivy, aghast. Thinking that she has somehow learned all that Sister Evangeline has confessed to him in confidence, he gets up angrily and orders the investigators to leave. When Ivy and Jonas attempt to calm the priest down, he threatens to contact the authorities. The two exit the rectory and return to the church.
Approaching cautiously, Ivy and Jonas enter the pew that Sister Evangeline is praying in. Ivy sidles next to the nun and begins to ask her questions about her dreams and her lost love, Vittorio. The nun looks at Ivy and says, “lo non parlo Inglese.” Ivy, frustrated and seething, tells the nun to stop hurting the people of Baharna. Hearing the name of the city in her dreams, the nun breaks down; she repeats, “mi lasci in pace!” over and over again. Suddenly, the doors of the church swing open and two Kingsport police officers walk in, followed by Father Alighiero. Fearing the worst, but not wanting to run from the police, Ivy and Jonas allow themselves to be escorted out of the church by the officers.
Outside, the cops ask Ivy and Jonas for an explanation. Thinking quickly, Ivy contends that they meant no harm, and that she believes the whole incident was caused by a lack of communication between her and the Italian-speaking clergy of St. Francis church. Her argument is convincing, but the police tell her and Jonas to stay away from the church while they visit Kingsport. If they are caught anywhere near St. Francis again, they’ll be arrested.
Ivy and Jonas drive back to the boarding house, aware all the while that the police are following them. As they sit in Ivy’s room, they can see that a police car drives by every fifteen minutes or so to check on them. Prisoners for all intents and purposes, Ivy and Jonas go downstairs, each some lunch, and discuss their next move.
Later in the afternoon, the investigators sit in their room, frustrated that all of their plans seem to center around shooting a nun in cold blood. They carefully go over all of the clues in their head, and decide that while they’re trapped in their room, they might as well try to revisit the Dreamlands and hope a solution presents itself. Grabbing the bottle of anisette that she purchased in Little Italy, Ivy pops the cork and begins chugging. She hands the bottle to Jonas who does the same. Within the hour, Ivy is passed out on her bed, while Jonas snores loudly on the floor.