While Nolan searches for Irisa in New Chicago and AngelArc, Amanda and the others come to grips with life under E-Rep domination. While Amanda takes over as the mistress of NeedWant, Rafe is forced to work in the mines and Alak runs his imprisoned father's criminal empire with some... help from his mother Stahma.
Nolan must find the person responsible for an attack on Mayor Nottinger's life in return for Irisa's freedom. Meanwhile, Stahma plans to keep Datak in jail to maintain her hold on his crime network.
When Irisa finds herself losing more and more time to blackouts, she seeks out her fellow Irathient Sukar. Meanwhile, Rafe gets news about Christie and his servant Berite goes missing, and Niles makes his intentions toward Amanda clear to Nolan.
Niles orders Nolan to find the raiders that stole E-Rep mining equipment and humiliated him, but Nolan soon discovers that the trail leads to a friend. Meanwhile, Datak sets out to make an example of his wife and son.
Amanda begins displaying strange behavior, claiming that a masked stalker is after her. Unknown to her and the other townspeople, Niles and Yewll are also suffering from strange visions. Meanwhile, Datak convinces Stahma to give him visitation rights for his future grandchild, and Rafe moves into the Tarr house.
After an Arkfall crash, Pottinger recruits Nolan to lead their salvage mission but his secret agenda puts them in grave danger against an Alien race they've never encountered before.
Datak and Stahma are reunited by revenge when someone takes the eyes and the life from their beloved handmaiden. Meanwhile, Irisa meets an Irathient who is the splitting image of the man who helped her ancestor take the Votan scout ship thousands of years ago.
Amanda's sister Kenya resurfaces... as a hostage to the Votanis Collective, who use her as leverage to force Amanda to help a prisoner escape. Meanwhile, Datak and Stahma reconcile, while Irisa meets with the people she attacked.
Kenya's earth-shattering return continues sending shock waves through Defiance as Stahma tries to reconcile Kenya's reappearance, while Doc Yewll works to keep her own dark secret hidden.
During a mine tour with E-Rep ambassador Olfin Tennety, Niles and Amanda are trapped with the E-Rep diplomat during a cave-in. Meanwhile, Alak breaks off his affair with Deirdre but discovers that there's hell to pay.
With Nolan searching for Irisa, Amanda is forced to take on the badge as Deputy when the shocking hug of one of their own rocks Defiance.
Nolan races to save Tommy's life and stop Irisa before her growing forces can put their devastating plan into motion. Meanwhile back in town, Amanda learns the heart-breaking truth about her sister's hug leading to a daring showdown between Amanda and Stahma.
When E-Rep plans to hug Irisa to stop the terraspheres, Nolan sets out on his own with a risky plan to save his adopted daughter. Meanwhile, Pilar abducts Christie and Alak, and Stahma and Datak break Rafe out of prison to help them find the miner's ex-wife.