After Sparlow and Coren mutiny the Supermax and the inmates take over the institution, Johnny and the warden, having successfully played dead to avoid being made actually dead, are forced to pair up for their own protection. The other two Killjoys are escorted to the de facto HQ, where Sparlow and Coren are butting heads. Coren wants to ransom the last surviving Q'reshi nobles back to their family, while Sparlow wants to make haste. The two plans are seemingly irreoncilable, and so... guns are drawn.
Meanwhile, on Westerly, Khlyen is exploiting a recently-awakened Garret's devotion to Pree against him. He tasks him with finding Pree before The Lady gets him first, and kills him. Of course, Khlyen is acting on The Lady's behalf to locate Pree so she can punish him for destroying part of her fleet, as well as the Killjoys. Khlyen, you dirty dog.
Back on the Supermax, Dutch intervenes between Coren and Sparlow, and throws down. She agrees they're going to need money to provide for their mutineers when they wake up, but cautions Coren against optimistically inviting the Q'reshi to parlay on the ship. She suggests they use her as their cover warden, and she can make up a story about how she only lost control of one section of the ship, and is waiting for the Q'reshis to negotiate the hostage deal. Dutch certainly has the gift of gab.
While traipsing through the forest, Delle Seyah and Aneela kiss (again) and they realize something about the other: Delle Seyah is human, and Aneela is still, improbably, Hullen. Woah. Will this affect their relationship?
Back on the Supermax, Dutch, dressed as the warden, is being supervised by Sparlow in the warden's cockpit. She uses this opportunity to turn Sparlow against Coren, and peel away at their provisional partnership. Once she gets him on her side, she makes the call to the Q'reshis. Unfortunately, Dutch and Sparlow's agreement is curtailed when Coren kills Sparlow, ridding himself of what he thinks is dead weight.
D'av escorts the other Q'reshi and a guard to where the Q'reshi noblewoman has been hiding out. The three of them are then taken into custody as they await hostage negotiations. Garret and Pree meet up for some afternoon delight, after which Garret swaps out Pree's RAC handheld for his own. Sneaky sneaky.
The Q'reshi emissaries show up and greets who they believe is the warden, but is in reality Dutch. She sings them a song about the takeover, and that the hostage-takers want one million smackers in exchange. Captain Pike, the leader of the envoy, says that should be fine, and retires to his ship to make a call. But something seems too easy about the whole affair. That's because it was. While Dutch and the Q'reshi were parlaying, a rearguard was planting a bomb on the ship. A bomb which Johnny and the real warden successfully deactivated just in time.
Meanwhile, in Westerly, Zeph has gathered Pree and Fancy Lee to debrief her findings. Only, she doesn't know that Pree's handheld device is acting as a one-way transmitter to Khlyen, making him privy to her discoveries. Technology!
Under Johnny's direction, Newcy takes control of the ship, and notifies Dutch that the Q'reshi, who have just returned, are not here to pay but plant bombs around the ship. This doesn't wash well with Coren, and a firefight commences. Things get discombobulated, and Dutch takes a chance to usurp Coren. She grapples with him when his second-in-command comes up, and, surprisingly, finishes the job. It was payback for Coren killing Sparlow.
Zeph receives a transmission from Johnny with his and the other Killjoys' location. When Pree and Zeph get to the part about the Q'reshis trying to blow up the ship, with them on it, Khlyen deletes the audio file. Maybe he's got a guilty conscience after all.
In sequestration, D'av and the Q'reshi nobles prepare to defend themselves against the security forces sent by the Nine to eliminate the heirs apparent to the lineage. Fortunately for them, they don't need to fight, as Johnny and Dutch vanquish the assailants before they breach the room. It's on to the next set of bad guys.
When Khlyen finds out that the Killjoys are in danger, he wants to intercede to save Dutch. But The Lady takes issue with this. He tries to convince her it's necessary, when they see a transport vessel presumably holding the Killjoys disappear in mid-air. Khlyen thinks it's blown up, and all passengers with it. He's distraught. Of course, Johnny has merely deployed a cloaking device around the prison ship while the transport vessel was exploding, to make it seem like they blew up so they could evade The Lady.
And Delle Seyah and Aneela, to keep Jaq safe from The Lady, escort him back to the cube, where he will remain until Aneelah feels confident she can beat her. And back on Westerly, Pree and Fancy Lee get ambushed by RAC agents sicced on them by The Lady. While they have a moment to breathe, Johnny comes clean to Dutch. He's been feeling weird, not about their relationship, but about the kind of lifestyle he had when he was under the influence of the brainwashing showers. He wants the adventure without all the killing and near-dying and stuff. So Dutch orders him to take a year off Killjoying when they get out of this mess. Vacay!