The battle for Edari begins, leaving the colonials of the 443rd Fleet Infantry scrambling in the middle of a massive planetary storm. Trapped with the travorian Corvan and the human prisoner Osborn, Acting Chief Science Officer Elona Zoren tries desperately to salvage her operation. Isolated from the rest of the team, Commander Strakker Tygg finds himself in a fight for survival. Accompanied by Lieutenant Saranus Kron, Captain Landris meets with the Holkari council. Kron makes a surprising ally.