The crew meets Arlent Streen, the shareholder of the Dinom Corporation as he takes the crew and Inspector Adimmer on a tour of the mining facilities. All's been quiet. Practically a vacation for the crew of the Diamond Dog as they eat extravagant food, drink fancy rare alcohol— its an easy 100k worth of credits.
They inspect the Napan mines… Everything seems fine. The next day they inspect the Madienne mines… but that's when everything goes south.
The crew makes a trek to the mine, as they have to construct the roads leading to the shaft. As they edge closer, there's four prospecting ATVs parked. Streen and Adimmer move forward, joking around… but then.
Streen's faceplate cracks, immediately killing him. Then, Adimmer's. The crew is forced behind the ATVs for cover as they find the source of their deaths— a mining laser. Workers from the mine converge on the crew and demand something Kostya's holding— Streen's briefcase. The briefcase holds all of his share certificates in the company, which the workers want. The Diamond Dogs refuse and make a hasty getaway, driving off in one of the prospector ATVs.
Soon, however, they begin to feel the fatigue of driving. Terran day turns to Terran night, and the crew take rounds driving, leaving it to their reclaimed warbot, Vicktoria, to drive. As she drives, however, the crew gets caught in an avalanche, causing them a major set back in time. Moving onward, they encounter a volcanic eruption which also sets them back even more.
Eventually, the crew makes their way to a wide open plain, deciding its now time to rest. Two days with five days worth of food left, the crew clings on to hope that they make it back to Rhylan in one piece…