In this chapter Nancy and her friend Helen rowed their canoe to the Lilac Inn dock to see their friend Emily Willoughby who’s getting married to Dick Farnham(who Nancy never met before neither did Helen) her fiance and having a wedding also Nancy and Helen were to be her bridesmaid. While rowing their canoe hit something hard that made the canoe flip and the girls were excellent swimmers and they made it up to land. Afterwards they flipped the canoe and paddled to the Lilac Inn dock. When they arrived their friend Emily was there to meet them, and beside her was a tall man and they thought he was her fiance Dick Farnham, but she introduced him as John McBride an old friend of Dick’s and he’s going to be Dick’s best man. At the end of this chapter Emily says to Nancy and Helen that the Inn is jinx.