Darius is asked to personally, subtly, recruit a scientist from Aztek Systems, Dr. Sean Chen
- Darius and Huang set up a surveillance net and determine Sean’s regular patterns
- Darius and Huang add a vehicle intercept device to Chen’s car
- Darius prepares a dinner and serenade; directs the Dr’s car to his abandoned warehouse.
- They don’t notice her bodyguard; when he gets out of the car, he is eventually tranquilized
- Dr. Chen reveals that she will not leave at the moment; her husband is held prisoner on a prison barge in the harbor.
- Huang and Darius recruit help to break the prisoner from the barge. Dommon signs on to engage in the distraction, while Mikael Jackson will perform the actual extraction — once he has completed his own mission.
- Darius breaks into Sean’s penthouse apartment via zipline. Huang provides sniper cover, taking out several of the bodyguards that have burst into her room. Darius and Sean base-jump from the room down to the van waiting below, Huang joins them
- Once the assault is underway, the the barge is attacked.
- Dommon blows a hole the side of the barge, and it immediately starts sinking. Gleefully shooting guards, he and his men release the cell doors, and thousands of prisoners start evening scores.
- Mikael tracks down his target, shiving the recently escaped prisoner. His primary mission complete, he searches for Xean Chen.
- A getaway car chase ensues, with Darius trying desperately to shed their pursuers — every trick in the book is attempted. He hacks the traffic signals, he attempts to blind them with his used parachute … eventually, he manages to shoot out their tires, and the pursuit vehicle careens into a fire hydrant.
- They meet at a rendevous point, pick up the barge escapees, then split up. Darius takes the Chens to a safehouse for the evening.
- The next day, he delivers them to a concealed departure site; a Raytheon helicopter takes off into the harbor, bearing the two Chens … and explodes halfway across the harbor.
- In his debrief with Johan Jacob Jameson IV, Darius expresses stunned shock, remorse, anger … and 3J4 seems to be entirely too smug about the entire incident. Annoyed and disappointed, Darius sets about settling accounts.
three weeks later
Darius receives a voice-only message at the contact address he provided to Sean Chen. She thanks him for his help, and says that she and Xean are safe, though she cannot say where.