Three years have passed. The New Alliance has successfully kept the Reliance out of zone 2-A and has set up a new government. After a few initial problems, the new country is running like a well-oiled machine. Jessica Kirk fell from grace in the Reliance's eyes and jumped planet, successfully disappearing without a trace. With no hope of settling her score with Kirk and no battles to fight, RJ becomes restless. She is a genetically engineered humanoid created and trained for war, with nothing to keep her mind occupied but her grief and uncertainty about her real place in the universe. To ease the pain in her heart and the confusion in her mind, RJ decides to go on a quest to the planet of her maternal origin, the planet Argy, in the hope of enlisting the Argy's help in further campaigns against the Reliance. She hopes to go alone except for her robotic brother Poley but soon finds that Topaz, David and Levites will not be left behind. As they are hijacking a Reliance ship they uncover a Reliance conspiracy and soon find themselves charting a course for an obscure, mostly inhospitable planet called Beta 4. The conflicts they must face will either be their redemption or their undoing.