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.