Eilean just found out that her friends joined a suicide pact and one of her friends died. Her other friend is in the hospital for attempting to kill herself and now the school administrators think Eilean is also in that pact.
The school administators decide she needs to be watched until her father comes to pick her up so they escort her to the detention room.
In the detention room, one of the school bullies were there for causing trouble and he began to question why a good girl like Eilean was doing in there. She had no interest in talking to him because her friend named Cathy could have been in that pact but she was nowhere to be found.
Eilean decided she was going to look for Cathy and ran out of the room after the teacher left her and Ron alone. Ron decided he would help Eilean look for her and they both ran off together.
Ron and Eilean find Cathy and she was barely functioning. She could hardly breathe and if Ron and Eilean had not got there when they did, she would have died. Ron is angry because he thinks she needs to get some sense slapped into her but Eilean does not think Cathy can handle being yelled at right now.