Renton and the others visit a town where he spent a lot of time when he was younger. But his welcome home by the locals is thrown into chaos when the Federation realizes that Gekkostate is in the area. After some fast thinking and a close call, the Gekko escapes and sets down inside an old mine to make necessary repairs. While inside the mine, the crew discovers that the ship's damage is more serious than they originally thought. But more troubling is Eureka's condition, which is getting steadily worse. Renton, frustrated that he cannot help her, lashes out, and makes the situation worse. And now, with the Gekko still in bad shape and Eureka very ill, the Federation military seems to be heading right for them!