The team is called back into headquarters. Jason has finished upgrading the truck, and Shred introduces Serra, the new team medic. Shred informs them that three changelings are being held in a building on the docks by a Humanis splinter group. They’ll be taking Veronica along for this.
The team arrives and scouts out the area. After figuring out the patrols, and determining the threats inside, they attack, taking down one patrol group swiftly and heading inside while Veronica remains on outside patrol. There they run into trouble with a combat mage and a pair of drones, taking severe wounds before they take them down. In the midst of this, another enemy group attempts to ram through the door from outside. They’re stopped, but unharmed. Freq, still out in the truck, finds himself suddenly under fire.
After the arrival of a troll runner named Kepler, all of the team aside from Moly are taken down. Moly surrenders after paying Kepler to help her free the hostages, and is then bound and put in a truck. The team is taken to an unknown location, where they awake in gender-divided cells.
A strange mask figure questions Moly and Viridian briefly, before walking off, threatening proper torture later. He seems interested in the location of their headquarters, saying that they are starting to cause him trouble. Moly and Viridian soon escape, while Veronica frees Freq and Quill. The team discovers that they’re on a ship in the sound, and manage to leave via stolen helicopter.
After dropping off the helicopter, the team learns that Gibson has been kidnapped, presumably by the same people. They head to his house along with Nil, but while there’s evidence of a struggle, they find little to point the way. Freq checks his last logins, but they stop right about the time of the kidnapping.
Virdian manages to find some signs of the kidnappers, and they track them down after realizing they were using a DocWagon van. Freq uses his network connections to find the specific vehicle. The team is able to take down the few guards and save Gibson. They aren’t able to find anything out from the one kidnapper they question, a runner who they’d seen as part of Kepler’s team earlier.