In preparation for the major attack the Federation Alliance is about to undertake, Knapp promotes Naros to the command of the USS Helena. Knapp takes command of the fleet itself from Excelsior. Realizing Siroc may try anything to get to the Grey Dyson Sphere, Naros realizes that not only is he a target, but so are Elbrey and Artim. Shelby works on making sure her senior staff deal with the raw emotion of the loss of one of their own. Meanwhile, Siroc sets his own plan in motion to disrupt the incoming attack force.