Lord James Guillonk travels to Victoria, the capital of Labuan, where the Baronet’s suspicions as to Sandokan’s true identity are confirmed. On his return he tells his niece of his intention to take Sandokan prisoner. As Mariana is in love with Sandokan, she warns him of her uncle’s plans, telling him to expect betrayal. Lord James’ men try to capture him, but he escapes, first swearing to Mariana that he will return for her. He flees through the jungles and hides in a tree, where he overhears the conversation of those pursuing him. This helps him to decide on the best route of escape from the fort.