Strange things are happening on the icy planet of Petaybee. Unauthorized, genetically engineered species have been spotted, and the company has reason to believe that the locals are deliberately hiding something, and perhaps even plotting rebellion. As a combat veteran and a medical retiree due to spend the rest of her days on this arctic world, Yana is the ideal person to get close to the natives. She is quickly adopted by the people of Petaybee, who feed her a home remedy that soothes her ragged lungs. Her strength and health return, and she becomes determined to protect her new home and her people from the greedy and increasingly ruthless company. Powers That Be is read by Star Trek regular Marina Sirtis.