She has a long and tedious lecture about saints in front of sleepy listeners in a small village. Heðin invites her to stay the night in his home, far away from any other settlement. She is planning to leave in the morning but so much snow has fallen during the night that it is impossible to go anywhere. Help from snow plows is nowhere to be found.
She realises that the two brothers in the house have fatal illnesses. One of them has cancer and the other one a weak heart. Because of this she stays with Heðin and Ólavur for a whole year. The brothers hate each other so much that neither wants to die before the other one - and it is this hate which keeps them alive.
Is this Cain and Abel all over again?
Once they had a lady between them. She was married to Ólavur but laid with Heðin, who cut her thigh everytime they had been together - much like the hunter who notches the handle of his shotgun everytime he has made a kill.