The station is expecting the Shadows making an attack at any moment. The war council are having troubles trusting the leaders, not being able to say clearly what the plans are in fear of it reaching the wrong people. Ivanova and Marcus are sent out to scout, to be able to give an advance notice on when the enemy turns up. The plan that has been worked out, depends on the station knowing exactly when they arrive. Dr Franklin is still on a walk-about, and his expertise is going to be needed.