While Nolan searches for Irisa in New Chicago and AngelArc, Amanda and the others come to grips with life under E-Rep domination. While Amanda takes over as the mistress of NeedWant, Rafe is forced to work in the mines and Alak runs his imprisoned father's criminal empire with some... help from his mother Stahma.
Nolan must find the person responsible for an attack on Mayor Nottinger's life in return for Irisa's freedom. Meanwhile, Stahma plans to keep Datak in jail to maintain her hold on his crime network.
When Irisa finds herself losing more and more time to blackouts, she seeks out her fellow Irathient Sukar. Meanwhile, Rafe gets news about Christie and his servant Berite goes missing, and Niles makes his intentions toward Amanda clear to Nolan.
Niles orders Nolan to find the raiders that stole E-Rep mining equipment and humiliated him, but Nolan soon discovers that the trail leads to a friend. Meanwhile, Datak sets out to make an example of his wife and son.
Amanda begins displaying strange behavior, claiming that a masked stalker is after her. Unknown to her and the other townspeople, Niles and Yewll are also suffering from strange visions. Meanwhile, Datak convinces Stahma to give him visitation rights for his future grandchild, and Rafe moves into the Tarr house.
Nolan and Niles must contend with a dangerous alien aboard a crashed ship. Meanwhile, Stahma faces the consequences of taking power as a woman, and Irisa confides in Tommy.
Datak and Stahma are reunited by revenge when someone takes the eyes and the life from their beloved handmaiden. Meanwhile, Irisa meets an Irathient who is the splitting image of the man who helped her ancestor take the Votan scout ship thousands of years ago.
Amanda's sister Kenya resurfaces... as a hostage to the Votanis Collective, who use her as leverage to force Amanda to help a prisoner escape. Meanwhile, Datak and Stahma reconcile, while Irisa meets with the people she attacked.
Amanda celebrates the return of her sister, but soon discovers that Yewll had a sinister hand in Kenya's reappearance.
During a mine tour with E-Rep ambassador Olfin Tennety, Niles and Amanda are trapped with the E-Rep diplomat during a cave-in. Meanwhile, Alak breaks off his affair with Deirdre but discovers that there's hell to pay.
While Nolan tries to get to the bottom of what is happening with Irisa, Amanda investigates the murder of one of her prostitutes, Deirdre.