For a birthday present, the daughter of the Ambassador to Zaldar was allowed to travel to a gala reception by Emperor Ghariet of the Hallsworth Empire. She carried with her a document solidifying an agreement between the Hallsworth Empire and the Zakdar system. On her voyage the ship comes under attack by one of the Emperor sons and she is forced to flee to the surface of Belugas two. With the aid of her protection androids she is able to escape the attack and lands on the planet's surface. There they are pursued by their attackers. Aided by the inhabitants of the planet's surface along with two young men, who are mistaken for Federation invaders, they make their way to the Palace of the Emperor of Hallsworth.