Covenant worries that the children will not be able to hold-up in the heat of battle, but Maeve has confidence in her warriors. The army encounters a group of knights who block their passage. Although the children's army suffers some loss, they are victorious in their first skirmish. The next day, Maeve awakens to find that a hundred new children have come to join the crusade. Covenant is surprised by the volunteers, but is unable to shake the feeling that the group is being watched. Cogliostro has been shadowing the army since the beginning.