Whilst down on a planet looking for supplies and a cure for Dominar Rygel XVI's illness, John Crichton and Aeryn Sun meets a person who knows more about him than anyone has known this side of the wormhole. His intrigue grows and he follows the man, ultimately his soul is pulled through into another realm. Here he meets a magician who pulls his nemesisBialar Crais into the same world. In the real world, both men are in a state of death, their bodies lifeless. In the other world, the magician Moldus has brought them here to fight. John naturally does not want to fight and manages to talk Crais down slightly. Moldus reminds Crais of his past, how he was roped into being a Peacekeeper, his closeness to his brother and what ultimately happened to the brother. The hatred inside Crais continues and it becomes unrelenting. In the real world, Pau Zotoh Zhaan is helped by a red man to break into Modlus' world. When she does, she takes away Modlus's invincibility enabling John to defeat the magician. Before that had happened, John was winning the fight which prompted Crais to be returned. What Moldus wants is the Peacekeeper battlecruiser and this can only happen if both men stay alive.