Bellus presents Dutch with a new warrant from the Nine. In Dutch's words, the Nine are "a bunch of inbred fascist nobles who think that just because they run the Company they run the Quad." Which makes it awkward when Delle Seyah Kendry of the Nine introduces herself. She requires Dutch's assistance to prevent a war.
Seems the last heir of one of the nine clans was implanted in a surrogate, and now no one knows where she is. Delle Sayeh wants her found "Cleanly, quietly. Nobody can know I was involved." She also notes that it's interesting that Dutch has an instrument known for female royalty hanging on her wall.
The Killjoys need to find out where the surrogate is hiding, so they go to Alvis, who says the girl, Constance, is safe, but won't say where. Turns out that Constance is at a safe house, which takes our Killjoys to the badlands of Westerley.
Inside the fortress, they find five women. Surrogates. One is Constance. The nuns who are protecting them ambush with guns, because they think Dutch and team have come to execute Constance. And Constance is about to have her baby.
It's a gauntlet to get out. But the attackers apparently can't harm Constance, per their orders. So she offers to be a human shield. Especially after she gets a shot of energy juice or amphetamines or whatever it is that turn her into a badass killing machine.
Dutch communicates with Delle Sayeh via this cool glass iPad thing. Delle Sayeh says Dutch blew the whole discretion thing with the shootout, and she's washing her hands of the whole affair. Dutch: "If she didn't want us to finish the job, she shouldn't have hired me."
Dutch shows her cards to Delle Sayeh: "If you are a decent person, the baby is safe. If you're a scheming opportunist? Even better. The baby can't inherit anything until its eighteen." "You have an unusual grasp of statecraft for a woman with callused hands," Delle Sayeh muses. "I could use a woman of your complexity."
Later, Johnny has a talk with Dav about working as a team. Dutch is family, too. Meaning? "Don't plow our sister. This is almost working. We are a good team. We could be great. Don't mess that up for us."