Rico's drop suit is hit by debris during a drop and it knocks him into space. He ejects from the damaged suit and finds that his locater beacon is destroyed and he only has four hours of air. He starts to think about his past experiences with the Roughnecks. First he thinks about his times with Flores and when he rescued her on Hydora. Then he thinks about Ibanez and when the squad rescued her and Major Barcalow on Pluto.
Meanwhile, Ibanez learns what happened to Rico and begs Commander Marlow to let her search for him. He is reluctant at first but finally grants her request.
As he continues to drift through space, Rico thinks about his feelings for Ibanez and Flores. He tries to figure out just how he feels about them and how he could express his emotions if he could see them again. He continues to have flashbacks as Ibanez continues her search for him in space. She finally locates him as he is running out of air and he has used his rifle to fire off a blast to get her attention. She gets him on board the ship and they head back to the Valley Forge.