A young woman, Jennifer, receives a visit from a spirit panther. Thrust into a relationship with Vijay, a technician in the Mercury Theatre, she must overcome her past to learn to love him. Meanwhile, the message of the black panther is not clear, and an AI named Gabriel claims to have the answers.
As Jennifer continues her quest to understand the message of the black panther, an old threat arises. A desperate act forces her to confront her past or risk losing Vijay. Civic unrest grows and Vijay's rebellion grows. A battle between AIs changes Molly. Jennifer challenges Gaia with a result that no one saw coming.
Shilpa and Kam face new danger on the ship. Even as Vijay's revolution is becoming more successful, Jennifer finds herself dragged deeper in the world of the AIs and Gaia, urged to take on a role that could be the end of her. Increasingly desperate, she turns to those for help against the madness she feels coming.