As The Heinlein enters the system, the first thing they notice is the line of ships waiting to refuel at Michaels and Michaels They set course for the skimmer and broadcast a propaganda package prepared in advance by Ashley and Slug. The journey in from the jump location takes 1.2 days. During this time, Tomi is able to intercept communications chatter from refugees waiting to fuel up at skimming operation. The talk is as expected – they can't wait to leave this system after what they witnessed in Glengarry.
Tomi also makes note of an additional vessel docked to the operations space station: a mobile factory owned by Dark Sun Equipment Rentals. As they approach they can determine that a steady stream of mining drones is bringing in raw materials as the ship appears to be cranking out 1000 ton fuel bladders. Captain Jonio Jamill indicates that he has been subcontracted by Michaels and Michaels to build these bladders. He is quite anxious to complete his job and be on his way.
The Heinlein makes contact with the CEO of Michaels and Michaels, Sir Sammel Brownback. At first, he is completely uninterested in vacating his family's operation. Several months ago he had taken on a fuel contract with Cain for the Navy and it was almost due. The operation will be in the black for the first time in years. The orbit of the gas giant is littered with fuel bladders for this contract. After some extremely smooth talking and wild promises, he ultimately relents. The crew docks with the station and signs paperwork guaranteeing the corporation in the event of any financial losses.
The mining drones are set to start puncturing the fuel bladders, allowing them to leak their loads into space. The crew retrieves some cargo from the space station and arranges for most of the staff on the space station to be frozen and transported back to Barnett by Dark Sun Equipment Rentals. The CEO and his attorney are given crew accommodations on board the Heinlein.
Once the station is evacuated, Sir Brownback programs the colony ship to gently push the station into the gas giant. As they are pulling away and turning their attention to the moon, Tomi makes note of a new sensor contact – it's a scout vessel, similar to the one she and Slug had been traveling in…