Crystal was a soldier. She knew Richard was in charge and understood she had to follow his lead. Besides, deep inside her, she trusted him with her life. She knew Richard loved her too much to risk her life and his in the process. She proposed they strategize as to how to handle the contact with Villalobos in Yaguanabo, an area they would soon be visiting. For now, the plan was to conduct business as usual and explore further the potential recruitments of Professors Vallejos and María Rosa. They visited three sugar plantations in San Carlos de Argüelles and, according to plan, returned to Cienfuegos to write their reports as expected under their contract.