|“||I took an oath before God to protect this woman. An' if you're telling me you are a higher authority than he, well, I'm not of that opinion myself!||”|
The following contains plot spoilers – read at your own risk.
Claire, who came to warn Geilis for an impending arrest and witch trial for her husband Arthur's death, actually by poison, is seized with her, turned in by jealous Jamie-scorned maid Laoghaire. Inquisitors are rushed in for a speedy trial, a stake is already erected, as the crowd sees no reason to doubt the clearly desired guilty verdict. Geilis confides she stole to contribute Arthur's funds to Dougal's Jacobite cause, not for love. Ned Gowan does a brilliant job discrediting the witnesses for the prosecution, but even Father Bain revoking his former witchcraft cry and assertion Claire saved a poisoned boy's life is turned around as 'proof of diabolic machinations'. Ned advises Geilis to confess, as only Claire may still survive, which she does after confiding she's from the 20th century too. Jamie arrives just when Claire is dragged to the stake and rescues her at sword-point. Then he hears her whole story, chooses to believe her and brings her to the stone circle, to attempt returning safely home to her future first husband.
- A devil's mark was a mark on the body that was used as incontrovertible proof during a witch trial that the suspect was, in fact, a witch.