Avasarala gathers information linking the Protomolecule to Julie Mao's father. Miller's plan is put into action. After assembling a demolition team and procuring the Rocinante's services for cover, the Nauvoo is evacuated of its people and commandeered. After flying to Eros, Rocinante drops its cargo of bombs and the demolition team spacewalks to them for precise placement. A complication arises when a group of doctors is found who will not follow Holden's orders, so he destroys their ship. The debris damages one of Miller's bombs, and he chooses to stay with it on Eros, watching the Nauvoo approach and no collision take place. Holden and crew confirm that the Nauvoo did not miss - Eros maneuvered to avoid the impact.
Two hundred years in the future, in a fully colonized Solar System, detective Josephus Miller, born in the asteroid belt, is given the assignment to find a missing young woman, Julie Mao. Joining his task is James Holden, formerly first officer of an ice freighter who is involved in an incident caused by the tense relationship between Earth, Mars and the Belt. Soon the two find out that the missing woman is connected to a vast conspiracy.