(Day ?) Julia uses a virtual reality communicator to talk to an Earth government contact who is apparently in another part of the planet. He claims that although the government wants the planet colonized, they want it done on their terms, not Devon Adaire's. Julia reluctantly agrees to continue giving him reports of the colonists' progress. Meanwhile, the Grendlers dump the colonists' only water supply, making it necessary for Devon and Danzinger to go in search of a natural water supply. After they face several dangers, including a lake of pure acid, the Terrians give them a helping hand in their search.