With Moya immobilized in Tormented
Space, Crichton, Aeryn, Chiana, D'Argo and Sikozu seek temporary respite
on a planet inhabited by historically warring clans who are now
experiencing a fragile peace. The crew's arrival coincides with
preparations for the
election of a new ruler, or 'Prefect'. Incumbent Prefect Falaak is at
the end of his half cycle in power, and reluctant to concede it. Popular
clan leader Gashaah looks the likely successor, but faces a strong
challenge from the Chieftan of the Jabuka Clan.
Aeryn begins experiencing strange hallucinations, then without warning opens fire upon a meeting of the clans; when it is over, Gaashah lies amongst the dead, D'Argo wounded. She escapes during the confusion, leaving her crewmates under suspicion.