Despite ambivalent feelings towards his erstwhile enemy, he slowly develops a grudging admiration for the Arukai staff left behind to help the Commonwealth complete the Herculean task for themselves. His Second-in-Command, an irascible female ‘kai named Criweela, is clearly someone accustomed to getting her own way. Matters are further complicated by the Base Pleasure-model, a sultry and seductive superleopard named Uumqua.
Distracted by Criweela’s dominance games, Naylor’s attempts to fend off Uumqua’s advances meet with mixed success. Their prickly relationship turns to friendship as he struggles to deal with not one but two females belonging to species he has previously had little to do with. But what does Criweela really want from him, and how long will Uumqua continue to take ‘no’ for an answer?