In the year 2025….
Charlotte hears that the Fine Boatman may be up for sale soon and makes an appointment to talk to Victor Leopold.
Tanya begins tracking down Stanley Newes, a bond skip. She parks outside his house shortly after dark and observes as Mrs. Newes arrives home and talks to the children. After a bit, Tanya knocks on the door. Identifying herself as a bail enforcement agent, she asks for information on Newes. Mrs. Newes states that Stanley’s brother bailed him out, and that as far as she’s concerned, Stanley can rot in hell. She implies that she would not be sorry if Tanya was forced to shoot him in a “struggle” to take him in.
One of Kevin’s “ears on the street” informs him of a $50,000 bounty placed on a man who goes by multiple names – Henry R. furgerson, David Lambo, and Trey Montgomery. Kevin is curious who this is and has John and Jakes look into it.
Broken Saint gets an email inviting him, one of Lana Prescott’s biggest fans, to her concert at Eric’s that night. He is offered a front row comp ticket, and with a little work, finesses it into a backstage pass. Loneshot argues that Saint shouldn’t go, even knocking him out briefly to keep him home. Saint recovers shortly afterward and insists on going. Loneshot grudgingly relents, but insists on going along.
While driving home, Tanya gets a call from Shipley – he got a tip on 3 skips, Russian students busted for shoplifting. they have few friends or contacts here, and will likely be staying with them, but their plane leaves tomorrow. Shipley gives Tanya a couple addresses. She checks out the first one, but finds nothing. She parks outside the second one for about 15 minutes, again finding nothing. She knocks on the door, and informs the student who answers that she is a bail enforcement agent looking for the Russians. The student reacts nervously, saying “I told them it wouldn’t work” over and over. Tanya questions him, implying that helping bond skips is a crime.
The student tells Tanya that they left about 15 to 20 minutes ago – apparently just before Tanya arrived – and that they are heading for the airport. Tanya jumps in her car and races for the bridge to catch them before they cross the river, outside of her jurisdiction. she contacts Broken Saint, asking him to do that trick with the traffic lights that he did when chasing Teschke. Saint turns all southbound lights red within several blocks of the bridge ramp.
Tanya catches up to the Russians, thanks to Saint finding their car through a traffic camera, but the trafficjams work against her, blocking her car from getting through. She sees police directing traffic near the bridge, jumps out of her vehicle, and runs toward them. She shouts for the closest officer to stop their car, waving her Agent ID in the air. The officer moves up to the car, raps on the window, and orders the driver out. Tanya runs up and shows the bond paperwork to the officer. She rounds up the three Russian students, but she and the officer agree that is would be difficult to make any charges of complicity stick to the driver and other passenger.
City Council announces a replacement for the late Dale Lucien – Kiesha Farmer (D), the next highest vote-getter. In light of the recent murder of Tara Raines, Council is expected to appoint Pete Longmire (L).
Kevin is wondering about the murder of Tara Raines of City Council, who was killed at about the same time as several others in seemingly unrelated incidents on the morning of New Year’s Eve. John and Jakes find out that all the people killed at that time had spoken out against former police officer Steven Teschke. Researching the matter further, he discovers that nearly everyone who testified had been killed in similar circumstances. The few surviving people that spoke out are two officers from Teschke’s precinct, a reporter who had suddenly gone on vacation, and two restaurateurs. John and Jakes also piece together Teshcke’s connection to The Vindicators… who operate fairly close to Kevin’s new territory.
Broken Saint hangs up his phone and secures his motorcycle in the parking lot at Newport On The Levee. He and Loneshot have set up a hack to kill all the lights in the entire Levee if necessary, at Loneshot’s insistence. He walks into Eric’s just in time for “Trey Montgomery” to meet Lana before the show.
Loneshot waits nearby as Saint talks to Lana. Saint receives a text from Krystal Edge saying “Get out of town!” barely a moment before Loneshot gets a message on his phone from his nameless contact suggesting a possible bounty – $50,000 on Furgerson/Lambo/Montgomery, with Saint’s face next to the names. He looks up and sees several people entering the club wearing makeup and hair of shifting colored patterns and carrying concealed weapons. He reaches for Saint just as one of the new arrivals pulls out a gun and fires.
Loneshot grabs Saint and begins dragging him out through the crowd as security pulls Lana away from danger. Another gunman fires, shooting one of Lana’s guards through the head. Loneshot shoots at him, dropping him. Saint immediately hacks the lights and plunges Eric’s and the rest of the Levee into darkness. Loneshot’s infrared allows him to sight another of the painted-up gunmen and drop him, as a shot from across the room drops a third. Loneshot drops one more as a shot from the stage – probably security – takes out the last.
Loneshot hustles Saint away, as they head for the bridge. As they approach the ramp, they see Porter and two of his men trying to wave them over. Broken Saint shouts to shoot, and Loneshot fires at all three of them as he speeds by. They then head for Saint’s primary safehouse.
Broken Saint spends the next several hours erasing all data about himself from computers, the phones of his contacts, and any other database he can think of.
As Tanya is processing the Russian captures into the jail, she hears from another solo about a new street bounty worth $50,000. The solo holds up his phone, and Tanya recognizes the face connected to the bounty as Broken Saint. she tries to call Saint as soon as she is out of the building, but can’t find his number in her phone.
Saint texts Porter and says “It was a mistake” and that he would pay for two new men.
Loneshot takes Saint to see Dr. January. Loneshot recognizes her new guards as the live bodies he had recently delivered to her, but now acting in a subservient, machine-like manner.
Dr. January greets Saint by saying, “You have the face of a man who has seen a lot of trouble. Want a new one?” Saint quickly agrees, offering her $50,000 for a new face and to delete any and all files she has on him. Dr. January accepts the offer.
Charlotte receives a call from a very exhausted sounding Porter, asking her to come to see him in the hospital. She takes a couple bodyguards and goes. Porter is in a very expensive, very secure wing of a high-end hospital. Charlotte recognizes Victor Leopold there, and notices a few other people she is not familiar with.
Dr. January suggest some refinements for Broken Saint – balloon-type implants to permit moderate changes to his facial structure at will, as well as changeable synthskin and techhair. Saint accepts all of it.
She then gets a call from Porter, strongly suggesting she come to see him, implying that there is a “threat to her business.” She replies that she can’t very well take care of her business if she’s dead, looking over at Loneshot. Porter says “Understood” and hangs up.
After surgery, while Saint is unconscious, Loneshot discovers that the bodies he has been delivering to Kevin have been sold to Dr. January at a considerable profit.
Leopold pulls Charlotte aside and explains some of what happened that night, out of earshot of the others. Leopold explains that Porter had deduced who “Madame Webb” was, and that Kevin was working for her. Leopold tells her where the vindicators operate, in Carita’s area right outside Kevin and her territory. Leopold offers Charlotte control of Carita’s territory if she can capture it, and mentions that Kevin seems to be effective at doing just that. Leopold also mentions that no one cares in the least if the entire area is flattened to rubble in the process, or if Carita dies.