The funeral for the boys--the children--who died in the Fundamentalist Universe is over. The First Battle of Las Vegas was lost, but the war is not over. Nor have the boy metas' enemies forgotten them.
A question from one of the younger metas shows Paul that he's overlooked a critical aspect of the attacks on the boys. For years, the younger boys had come to Paul with their problems, disappointments, and happiness. Who can Paul turn to?
The metas begin revealing their existence to key Fleet officers, and find an unexpected ally in a Ship's Senior Chief. Paul learns more about his father. Jonathan and Avery have their first date. Things are going well. Perhaps, too well.