Aspen was just kidnapped by the Black and she is held captive by them. While with the Black, Casque teaches Aspen about the origin of the Blacks and Blues and where they originally spit apart from the surface dwelling humans. She also learns about her own origin. The Black then offers her to meet her father. Meanwhile, the Blue are being attacked by the U.S. Navy. One of their cities, Saba, was completely destroyed and their main city was almost attacked. With the help of Cannon, Kiani, and Councilman Thalassar, some of the Blue people were able to escape to the main city, but others were left to die. When Connon returns to the Blue's main city he is arrested for violating the council's mandate.