The Thomas Prince passes through the gate without incident, save for some lights and instruments blinking off for a second. The scientist, Kolvoord, checks the instruments to get some clues as to what they're floating in, while Anna just wants to appreciate the beauty, at least for a moment. Kolvoord spots the station at the center, as well as the objects in orbit around it: Maneo's ship, the Behemoth's missile, and the MCRN probe. "What is this place," Anna asks with wonder. "Where angels would fear to tread if they had any goddamned sense," Kolvoord answers her. An unseen Nemeroff, looking sick to his stomach, slinks off.