The EX-33 BOMBAY venturing out into the 143 light-years through space bubble of the anomaly measured in the Sol system has been added. Their destination is only 17 light years away from Sol, Next-Stop system. The flight due to the raging in the space bubble hyper-physical interference is associated with great difficulties. The deputy commander Jenke Schousboe, a Irmdomerin, loses two of the four Scarab tenders dispatched to explore, but at least it is established that the space itself somehow appears to "thicken" when too much energy gradient is produced.
In the system of white sun Next Stop arrived, the crew of the BOMBAY are offered a fascinating picture. Two with 11,211 kilometers in diameter exactly equal planet - a world of oxygen and toxic gas planet - orbit the sun on a common orbit, and they are connected by a 1,000 kilometers through tube. The tube has a length of precisely twenty times the diameter of the planet. A gigantic city covered parts of the tube, and apparently there is still an unknown interfering influence out from it, though, because as the BOMBAY approaches, the ship's systems begin to fail. Therefore Schousboe lands with the Scarab Vahana on the oxygen world. Also on board is the cultural diagnostician Zachary Cranstoun, with his twin brother Aiden with whom the Irmdomerin began a relationship without knowing that the twins are connected by a such a intimate telepathic bond that they know exactly what each other are experiencing.
The Vahana falls into an interference field and establishes an emergency landing. It comes to a peaceful contact with the friendly inhabitants of the planet, the Favadarei who call their world Faland. The Favadarei are more or less humanoid, larger than Terrans and are a very slender, flexible physique. Their heads are relatively small and bulbous. They have no face, but have sense spikes and a speech diaphragm. The Favadarei are gifted inventors, and all strive for a long time on a common goal. They want to reach the planet bridge (the Shathrona), for which a special vehicle called FATROCHUN must be built. As their level of technology only includes the use of steam power, this goal is still far away. But Shimco Patoshin, one of the most gifted inventors of his time and a member of the committee, makes the Galactics welcome, and quickly realizes that the strangers may help the Favadarei in achieving their goal.
The vahana is rendered as far as afloat, that it can be used for an expedition to the North Continent, Povgheuc. The more the expedition approaches the Shathrona, fail the more high-end devices - first the Scarab then the SERUNS. During the subsequent forced marc,h Zachary Cranstoun is killed by a predator. Aiden, still aboard the BOMBAY, suffers a shock. The expedition is canceled. Following an ancient tradition of Favadarei, Zachary's brain is buried in the necropolis Amgheuc Continuous segment. The wormlike Gheucen preserve the brains of all who died there Favadarei from decay. Shortly after the funeral Aiden is taken from the consciousness of his brother. The Favadarei brains are still living, they have become connected. Zachary's brain is involved in this collective and can convey to his brother all the knowledge of the ancestors. This includes information that will enable the Galactics that rebuild FATROCHUN to the Vahana . A network in which nodes are involved special hyper crystals, preserves the Scarab from the interfering influence emanating from Shathrona.
Before the Vahana sets off, Zachary received his friends instructions on how to get past the gatekeepers of Shathrona, and warns of the Omnipresent rear. Then his mind finally moved back into the collective consciousness of the dead. Shimco must give the order for departure the FATROCHUN.