Ramirez and Quentin find a satellite station run by Shepherd, who blames himself for an error that resulted in the Great Catastrophe. He never joined the Jettators out of shame, and he stays hidden when they arrive.
He has a change of heart and tracks down Quentin with a computer, while Kortan goes to the station to receive Shepherd's knowledge himself. Shepherd challenges Quentin to take his head, but Ramirez explains that if he takes the Oath, the power can be transferred without decapitation.
Shepherd becomes a Jettator, and passes the knowledge just as Kortan closes upon them on a suspension bridge. Quentin cuts the bridge and Shepherd detonates a bomb on the satellite, destroying it before Kortan can learn to use it.