A year has passed, but not a day goes by without Meggie thinking of Inkheart, a book whose characters came to life. Resa is back, but she has no voice. For the fire-eater Dustfinger, the need to return to the tale has become desperate. When he finds a crooked storyteller ,Orpheus, to read him back, he abandons his apprentice Farid, and plunges into the pages. Orpheus doesn't read Farid back into the book like he was supposed to, he leaves the name "boy" out. Soon Farid convinces Meggie to read him into the book so he can warn Dustfinger of Basta, and then become his apprentice once more. But this time, Meggie has figured out how to read herself and Farid into Inkheart. Suddenly, Mortola, Basta, Orpheus, and a "man built like a wardrobe" barge into Elinor's house, and take Mortimer, Resa, Elinor, and Darius prisoner, while Meggie and Farid have no idea what is happening in the other world. Orpheus reads Basta, Mortola, Mortimer, and Resa into Inkheart. Mortola gets her hands on a modern rifle, and shoots Mortimer. Resa discovers that her voice has come back to her. Resa and Mo are hiding with the strolling players, but now they have discovered that the injured Mo is the mysterious gentleman-robber, the "Bluejay", created by Fenoglio's words. Fenoglio is now living within his own story and he makes Meggie read Cosimo the Fair back into the story since he died. Now the Adderhead is out to get him, and he is itching to hang him, or kill his family in front of him. Mo and Resa are captured, and Mo is unable to escape because of his fatal wound. Meggie, Resa, and Mo all end up in the Adderhead's castle (the castle of night), while Meggie has made a bargain with the Adderhead that she will bind him a book of immortality if he lets Meggie, Resa, Mo, and the rest of the strolling players he has captured go free. What she neglects to tell the prince is that if three words are written in the book (heart, spell, death) the Adderhead will die instantly. This is a reference to the titles of the books. In the meanwhile, Farid and Dustfinger have sneaked into the castle using soot that causes invisibility, created by a communion of fire and water. Meggie and Farid fall in love after events in the Inkworld. Farid loves to kiss Meggie. Farid is later killed by Basta, and then Mo kills him. Later, Dustfinger summons the White Women to bring Farid to life, sacrificing himself. Farid comes back to life and Meggie reads Orpheus into the story using Fenoglio's words, although Orpheus refuses to admit that she read him into the book. Farid agrees to work for Orpheus as a servant if he writes something to bring Dustfinger back. But Faarid wonders: will he live up to the agreement and will Dustfinger ever come back?