A Gigerdian colonel arrives to the station with additional security personnel and Mad Gigerdi is called back home to visit the emperor himself. The Gigerdian colonel dislikes Kyle, but reasons for it are left in the dark for now. Kyle also tries to settle an agreement between two rivaling dock workers' associations over standard working hours, but unfortunately it all ends in a riot. Kyle also follows a strange man, who steals a guard's weapon during the riot, and flees. As Kyle confronts the man in the docking area, he violently attacks Kyle, and turns out to be a shapeshifter. After a futile fight, Kyle has to blow the aggressive alien out of the airlock and order the station's defenses to fire upon the creature. Later, the body of the impersonated dock worker is found from a cargo hold.
Meanwhile, Mad Gigerdi meets Emperor Ogaitinsha, and learns of his relation to him. Kyle and Kwinda meet. The station's security attempts to find remains of the shapeshifter, but unfortunately no evidence can be found. The only one willing to believe Kyle is the Hemmoian ambassador, K'ags Oiduts.