A couple days later after they reach Carlisle, the white captives are returned to their families. Del remarks that True Son still does not appreciate his situation; he still thinks of himself as an Indian and speaks as if the Delaware language is more proper than English. As Del, True Son, and True Son's father reach the Susquehanna River, Del feels more at ease since he does not have to worry about the boy for a while. The sight of the river fills him with happiness. The boy, however, is unaffected by the river until his father points out that it is named Susquehanna. At this remark, True Son angrily states that the Susquehanna and the graves along it have been stolen from the Indians. His father, Mr. Butler, asks Del to tell True Son that they have nearly reached their home, Paxton Township. True Son seems to understand what the words mean before they are translated; with a look of fear he asks in broken English whether this is the home of the "Peshtank" men. When his father replies that it is indeed the place of the Peshtank or Paxton boys and that some of these men are relatives of True Son, True Son races off through the shallow water and into the woods. Del soon finds the boy and carries him back.

When they finally approach the Butlers' house, Del notices how nervous Mr. Butler seems. True Son refuses to come inside and his father coaxes him by saying that his brother, young Gordie, is here to meet him. True Son has never met Gordie since he was born after True Son was kidnapped, yet Gordie is the only one who looks at True Son as if there is nothing wrong with him.

Before long, a woman's voice calls for Harry, True Son's father, to bring the boy upstairs. At first, True Son refuses to go up the foreign-looking stairs; it is not until Gordie climbs up the stairs easily that True Son slowly goes up himself. Once he has reached the top, True Son is led to a large room in which a woman with black hair and black eyes is half-lying on a couch. Del can tell from the way she looks at True Son that this is his white mother.

True Son's mother learns that he only knows a little English, but she refuses to believe that he cannot understand her. The woman explains to her son that she is his mother, Myra Butler, that his father is Harry Butler, his brother Gordon Butler, and his own name is John Cameron Butler. When True Son refuses to say his name, his mother comments that he is stubborn like his Uncle Wilse. She tells him that their relatives are coming the next day and that he must not act so rudely. True Son finally speaks angrily in broken English, announcing that his real name is True Son and that this is the name his mother and father gave him. Although Mrs. Butler seems slightly upset at this, she simply hands True Son fresh clothes to wear.

The thought of wearing the white clothes suffocates True Son. To him they represent the evil and deceptive ways of the white man. As he and his brother Gordie walk to their room, Gordie asks True Son if he can have his Indian clothes so that he can be an Indian. True Son remains silent and does not take off his clothes, but for a second the boys seem to look at each other with understanding.

Analysis

Again, Richter uses the contrasting viewpoints of Del and True Son to capture the range of emotions inspired by the sight of white settlement. True Son reacts with horror at the stone houses and the clearing of the forest because he is accustomed to roaming the land and living as one with nature. We can imagine how these strange signs of permanence seem artificial and claustrophobic to someone who has lived most of his life outdoors. The language Richter uses to describe the scene through True Son's eyes is also very indicative of the way True Son feels psychologically. The boy sees the crowds of people as the "future masters" of the white prisoners and among them there is one who "pretends" to be his father. The ceremony in which the captives are returned to their families is described as almost violent, with the white people poking and pulling at the prisoners. He refuses to see the whites as family or kinsmen but rather as foreigners who have aggressively stolen the captives as if they were slaves. His perspective is especially intriguing since he portrays the whites' actions as uncivilized; throughout the novel, the white characters lead us to believe that they are saving True Son from the barbaric Indian way of life.