Everyone makes final plans for departure, but disturbing news arrives from the Imperium.
Derek finds that someone has been on-board the Grayswandir... and left something behind.
Derek decides to plant the scanner, but only after telling Jestin first, and gets told to contact someone on the next planet. Whatever is going on, he is now involved.
Derek works on collecting cargoes and decides to continue towards the Anubian Trade Coalition.
Derek goes to see the floating city factories, and finds out info on the local political climate.
Derek learns that the conspiracy that he seems to have gotten involved with is deeper than he thought.
The Grayswandir lands on Boilingbrook. Derek makes his special delivery and finds that it was a "test" of some kind, then finds that the crew is less than happy about getting them involved in something they know nothing about.
The crew starts preparing the ship for its return to normal space.
Passengers and crew all join in to run the obstacle course and there are some surprising winners and losers.
Saahna expands her obstacle course to three dimensions and zero gravity. Dr. Korvusar continues to help.