Jason is a young surveyor, raised and trained by the League of Celestial Nations to explore the geology and atmosphere of planets for possible habitation or minerals. He is instructed to survey a planet on which he witnesses a top secret event. He is consequently sentenced for the breach of security. On his trip to incarceration his pod is intercepted by a pirate who knows more about his last technical upgrade than he does. She uses his technology for her own purposes before helping him discover who gave him the coordinates and why.