Brianna reconciles with her father and returns Lord John’s engagement ring
Later, Brianna tells Lord John that two riders were seen heading toward River Run and one appears to be Jamie Fraser, and they must not have found Roger. He tells her that Mr. MacKenzie might be behind her parents with her cousin Ian. He asks her to forgive Jamie, no matter what has happened, for her sake as well as his. Brianna says she already has and goes to tell him so.
She assures him that she will
Brianna goes into labor and Claire tells her it’s like baseball, long stretches of boredom with short intense periods of activity. Brianna says at least at baseball games you get to drink beer and eat hot dogs during the boring parts. Jamie offers to fetch ale and what is a hot dog. Claire explains that alcohol is not good for the baby, and a hot dog is like a sausage on roll, but Bree doesn’t want any. Jamie is uneasy with Brianna’s condition and goes to leave, but she demands he stay. She says he promised it would be okay, and as long as he’s there, she won’t die. Her mother assures her daughter she won’t die. With her parents with her, Brianna delivers a healthy baby boy.
Despite Jocasta’s protests, the Fraser family head back to Fraser’s Ridge to wait for Roger’s return or not, and they part company with Lord John on the road. Before he leaves, Lord John kisses Brianna and the baby and hugs both Jamie and Claire and entreats her to take care of them all. Back at the Ridge, Brianna refuses to give the baby a name until Roger returns prompting his grandparents to call him various pet names in English and Gaelic.
One day, Jamie and Brianna are sitting at the table working on house building plans, when a man appears at the door. Jamie’s grabs for his pistols until he realizes the man is Roger. The baby is startled at the noise, and Brianna picks him up barely recognizing Roger in his wild and filthy state, resembling his MacKenzie Viking ancestors more than ever. Roger asks Jamie as his closest kinsman to cut him so he can swear an oath in their shared blood. He dips his finger in his blood and smears it across the baby’s forehead and swears that they are the same blood, and he claims him as his son before all men from this check that day forward.
Roger asks Brianna what she’s named him, and she says she hasn’t yet. He tells Brianna that the boy is his son and asks if she is his wife. Brianna says she doesn’t know, and Jamie asks if it’s true they are handfast. She says they were and Roger insists they still are. Jamie declares to his daughter that if they’re handfast then this man is her husband and she his wife. She asks Roger if he knows what happened, and he apologizes for leaving her before he saw her safe. She says it doesn’t matter anymore, but wants to know why he came back. Did he come back because he wanted to, or that he thought he should? She has seen a marriage made from obligation and one made from love, and that’s the one she wants. Jamie asks when were they handfast and says that they will live together as man and wife until the year and a day is up, but if Roger touches her without her wanting to, then he’ll cut out his heart. The two get into a physical argument, and Claire tells Bree not to worry about it, it’s just testosterone poisoning and the men will work it out.