Mike Bergmann works for Astral Industries mining guild. He and his ships controller Roxanna head out for a simple mission to identify and classify a planet that was just discovered and to claim it for Astral Industries. As he enters the neutral zone between the Alpha and Bravo sectors, he finds a derelict ship transmitting a mayday. He rescues occupants who are on their way to a similar planet in the same sector of space. The derelict ship is operated by Atwater Mining Guild, one of his competitors. On board the ship are several people that work for the Federation and are looking for another expiation that was last seen on the planet. They combine forces to see if the planet is viable for its resources. Little do any of them know that the planet is already occupied and at war with another race, who are trying to claim the system for its minerals.