The heat is on to discover who originated the Central Brokering Agency's chastity code overwrite and consequently who brokered Mason's failed assassin. Mason and Kira comb the burned-out chop shop from previous issue for clues and discover a charred body - someone has gone to great lengths to cover their tracks, even resorting to murder. Back at CBA headquarters, Director Robertson reassigns Mason and Kira another case to dispel the mounting pressure. Something is brewing within the director, a nebulous threat that has invaded his mind, and he makes a preemptive strike in case it becomes real. Mason hits the Potentia underground to enlist the help of an ace informant, an illegal chop shop operator named Rez, who is steeped in the dark world of illicit power. While viewing a hard-boiled, high-octane, super-powered gladiatorial competition called Power Slam, Rez informs Mason that technology of the type used to overwrite the CBA's chastity belt is high echelon and must come from the top. He hints at corporate terrorism, perhaps from one of Potentia's dynastic power brokerages.