While everyone is sleeping, Herc lands on a planet in search of a buried treasure. Monster Minds force them to flee and Herc sets a new course to find Audric, to make up for lost time, that takes them through a whole galaxy controlled by Saw Boss. The vines have pulled all the planets so close together that a little more mass could form a black hole. Gillian finds a dead planet to be the critical mass, but after setting explosives, they realize someone is on the planet. They rescue an old fortune hunter and get off the planet in the nick of time, but not before realizing a fortune really was buried on the planet, not lost in the black hole.