Killjoys Dutch and John are in serious need of R&R after capturing a dangerous smuggler in the badlands of Westerley. But when a death warrant is posted for D'avin, John secretly takes the job to save his estranged brother. With a competing Killjoy also on the job, the team is in a race against time to clear D'avin's name and their own.
Dutch and John take on a seemingly simple warrant to retrieve a missing migrant worker on Leith – only to discover a dark secret lurking beyond the edge of the farm. Meanwhile, D'avin accompanies Pawter on a medicine run in exchange for a rubber stamp on his Killjoy pysch evaluation. But Pawter's assessment brings into question D'avin's fitness to become a Killjoy.
The Killjoys find their real rhythm as a trio while protecting a group of gorgeous Surrogates under siege in a badlands fortress. It's a manic, bullet-riddled ride to get to safety, while negotiating the ugly side of Qreshi politics.
Top Killjoys from around the Quad are pitted against one another in a race to find Big Jim, a legendary Killjoy gone rogue. But Khlyen is determined to find Big Jim for his own shadowy purposes, and pressures Dutch to get to him first. Meanwhile, with Dutch gone, John and D'avin are forced to team up with an old nemesis.
As a result of a toxic “Black Rain” storm over Westerley, John and Pawter are pulled into the tunnels under Old Town, where they are coerced into participating in a dangerous criminal operation. Meanwhile, Dutch and D'avin find themselves trapped together on Lucy, where a transfer warrant forces them to confront the emotional fallout from the events with Dr. Jaegar.
Dutch and John finally turn the tables on Khlyen by using his own advanced technology to track him down - only to discover the shocking truth behind his presence in the Quad, leaving Dutch to wonder: was she ever really free?
Team Awesome Force faces off with a relentless, deadly assassin whose arrival is triggered by their examination of the memory Khlyen altered in Dutch's mind. While Pree searches for his missing husband on Westerley, Zeph struggles to save Pip from an unexpected medical complication.
Dutch braces herself for a final confrontation in greenspace in an attempt to stop The Lady from breaking through into the Quad and the rest of the universe. Back in the Quad and buried in her work, Zeph makes a horrifying discovery of a threat to all of Westerley.