Minerva and Maria Teresa have been released to house arrest; Minerva struggles to adjust to all the stimuli of Mama's house and finds herself overwhelmed. To make money, they start up a specialty business of making children's christening gowns. They are allowed to visit their husbands at La Victoria on Thursdays and to attend church on Sundays. But when she goes out, Minerva feels overwhelmed by all the people wanting to see her and wish her well, since she has become famous.
Minerva survives by putting on "that hardest of all performances, being my old self again," though she feels frail. Though at first she hides from Captain Pena when he comes to visit, eventually she has to face him. He suggests that they write a thank you letter to Trujillo, so that maybe he will visit their province. Though the other sisters want to write it, Minerva is against it. She is not convinced until Patria points out that it might help save Leandro, Manolo, and Pedrito, who are still in jail. That night, the spies who constantly lurk outside their home are being loud on the porch, and Minerva goes outside to reprimand them.
Elsa Sanchez, Minerva's old friend from school, has married Roberto Suarez, and although they support the revolution, they are not involved in the movement. They pick up radio news on their boat and visit Minerva at the house to report what they have heard. One day, Elsa reports that the OAS has imposed sanctions. That Thursday as they prepare to visit their husbands, Dede warns them that they are putting themselves in danger by traveling all together.
At the prison, Manolo is depressed and tells Minerva to find out who is left in their movement in the area. But a few days later, Elsa brings news that a group of young men has been caught distributing revolutionary leaflets in Santiago. Trujillo is cracking down out of panic, and Captain Pena reports that the women can no longer visit their husbands at La Victoria until the end of September. When they do...