Chapter 2 Summary
Armand recounts how he was a slave boy in Constantinople. At that time, he had already been stripped of all of his previous memories and his belongings. Armand is clutching a bundle that is "not made by human hands" and that he is supposed to plant in the place and time where he is now. He never gets a chance to do this, however, because the slave traders that think he is a girl have now lifted his tunic and observe that he is a boy. Armand says they do something to boys; they rape them, which is what happened to Armand on the boat into Constantinople. On the ship, an elderly man rescues the boy Armand and takes him to his chambers. Armand remains there all except for one night while on the journey.
Armand sneaks up onto the deck where a man captures him and beats him mercilessly....