The root, which only responds to Audric or something belonging to him, reacts to the Planet Xiang, which leads Jayce and Herc there even though it is a planet controlled by Saw Boss. They discover a message from Audric on a vase but before they can get it, it is stolen. Jayce and Herc and Oon are drawn further into the city where Saw Boss has laid a trap for Jayce. Jayce and Oon fall into a pit which is slowly being consumed by fire; but Herc, Gillian and Flora come to the rescue. Safely aboard the Pride they decode the message which is revealed to be too old to be of much use.