Nicolai, Orin and Ivan meet each other at a bar on the SCS Carabas.
Orin is directed by the captain of the ship, Alban Tinwright, to locate other able-bodied members to oversee. As the Solar Cross ship approaches asteroid V8 they notice another unmarked Solar Cross ship leaving the planetopid. Upon landing almost all of the inhabitants are either dead or gone. It is not clear why, and there are no records. They find a little girl in a closet. They also find the occasional blood smear. Niccolai searches the rooms and finds some things of interest.