Our friends moor the Solaris in a small cove
when a squad of Spanish soldiers arrives
. Despite Mendoza's words confirming that the group was part of Commander Gomez's expedition, the captain of the guard, Alvarez
, warns the children that Governor Pizarro is in Tumbez. Hands tied, our companions are taken to appear in front of the governor.
The encounter with Pizarro
can not be more tense. The governor immediately looks at Zia, whom he recognizes. He asks her to decipher a quipu
, but at the refusal of the young Inca who pretends not to understand
, Mendoza assures the governor that Zia will speak to him
. Pizarro then summons Mendoza to make Zia talk during the night, or he will be hanged in the morning. As for Esteban, Tao, Sancho and Pedro, they are all four locked up in the dungeon
, with a group of Inca villagers. Outside, Mendoza tries to convince Zia to give him the secret that contains the quipu of Pizarro, but Zia persists in his refusal
. In the dungeon, an Inca villager is brought by Spanish soldiers after being beaten
. His name is Tohaka. In front of his sorry state, Esteban approaches to help him, but another Inca present in the dungeon intervenes violently and insults the young boy. Apo
, the old wise man, intervenes as a mediator between the two groups and they get to know each other. He informs Esteban of the importance of his medallion and tells the children the meanness shown by Pizarro when he arrived in the Inca country
Suddenly Mendoza arrives and explains to Pedro a plan to escape
: while Mendoza will fire the powder magazine of the fort
, the prisoners will be reassembled to extinguish the fire and will take advantage of it to escape quietly. Thus, all leave the prison and take the opportunity to escape
. Only Esteban and Tao escape by another way: the pipes of the fort
. With some acrobatics
, they manage to escape, but a group of guards of the fortress is in pursuit
. Thanks to an ambush of Inca villagers, the Spanish soldiers run away.
As a final bouquet, the fort's powder magazine explodes
and Pizarro swears to catch the young Zia whatever it costs him. Thus the small group retourn on the deck of the Solaris, under the light of a new dawn ...