Sharp, a rather dumb beserker was asked by Painter to fetch her some red clay for drawing from the river. Sharp met a Cromagnon there, killed her and took her child back with him to the camp. Scout saw the child, forced a hare spirit into it and returned it to the Cromagnons.
Beech, the cromagnon with a spirit was forced to undergo an ordeal by the tribe to prove his claim over Long Spear's son, New Spear. This was retrieving a bone from the Cave Bear's lair. Whilst New Spear hung around outside, Beech made a deal with Cave Bear to help him against the traps that Painter might set for him. Cave Bear scarred New Spear half to death, he fainted and when he woke it was night time. Having lost he was banished from the tribe to the neanderthals. On his way there, he saw a spirit (they are visible by moonlight), this was Shadow with No Name. Shadow did something to New Spear that made him able to speak with those with spirits and made him attractive to women.
Beech and the cromagnon shaman had a set to. Because the moon is shining, Beech is spirit is apparent, and what's worse he has the girl with him who looks like a hare. The tribe's dogs are confused. Beech persuaded the shaman that he was a worthy leader whilst the shaman persuaded the tribe that he was not. The two of them were close to being chased away but Beech managed to get the tribe behind him. However whilst they recognise him as leader, they don't like him and play dirty tricks on him. Beech used his lying skills to persuade the shaman, saying that New Spear had agreed that he should be leader. Beech is the first person with a spirit to be able to lie. We decided that this meant he changed the spirit into a lying spirit, in effect a demon. Whenever he lies he will make the demon stronger. Beech, a nine year old boy, is responsible for creating demons.
Sharp creeps into the camp and steals back the girl. He has killed her mother so she is now his charge. He hopes to present her to Painter so they can be a family.
In the meantime, Painter tries to persuade Dancer to have a baby for her. Even though they are good friends, Dancer would do anything else for Painter, she can't do this. Then New Spear turns up and the women are smitten. They suggest that he prove his worth to the tribe by wrestling with Sharp. The prospect of the two of them wrestling is quite exciting. However, Sharp takes it too literally and almost wrenches off New Spear's arm. The women tend to his wounds.
Cave Bear is now on the move and Painter must prepare for his arrival, not knowing that Beech has promised to help him.