As the Gallop travels through the countryside, a carrier pigeon arrives with a message. Loran reads the message, which says that Miashei is safe in a battlefield hospital, but that Dianna Counter is trying to destroy the spaceship. Sochie is glad to hear that Miashei is well, but Loran thinks she is in danger because the hospital is next to the excavation site. Sochie thinks they should attack the Soleil, but Loran and Dianna disagree. Sochie becomes angry and says she will never forget that the Moonrace killed her father. She then accuses Dianna of being weak and soft after spending so much time with Loran. She then runs off and begins to furiously mop the floor. Dianna understands why Sochie would blame her for those things. Bruno and Jacop sneak around the Gallop and run into Horace. They tell him they are Loran’s friends and came to work. They then sneak to the bridge to steal the Turn A and run into Loran. They tell him they are Horace’ friends and that they have come to work since Anise left her house. In anger, Sochie beats the Turn A with her mop. Dianna watches her, and Sochie accuses her of being rude for just standing there. Kihel has a meeting with Miran, Harry and Phil on the Soleil to prevent any escalation of the war. Later, soldiers tell her to stay in her room where it’s safe. She summons Harry and Miran to her room to discuss Agrippa’s apparent betrayal. Miran theorizes that he might have betrayed her because the fighting spirit has returned to the Moonrace. Harry reminds her of the attempted assassination during the nation founding ceremony. The Gallop arrives at the field hospital, and everyone goes in to see Miashei. Dianna winces when she sees all the injured soldiers. Later, they proceed to the excavation site and are joined by Guin and Lily. Loran wants to discuss security, but Guin wants to give Lily a tour of the ship first. He tells Dianna that the ship will be their most powerful weapon against Dianna Counter, but she thinks that is rash and incautious. He tells her history is made by being incautious. and leaves. Lily asks Dianna who she thinks she is to speak to Guin so familiarly and tells her she should know her place.
Lily asks Dianna if she has any skills like typing, and Dianna says no. Lily suggests that she should help out at the hospital because they are short on people. Dianna says she has no medical skills, but Lily says it doesn’t matter. Dianna speaks to the head nurse and explains that she has no experience but wants to help. The nurse tells her to change clothes and clean out a tray filled with bloody bandages. Dianna is then given common tasks such as taking out the trash, which she has trouble with. Loran, Horace, Bruno and Jacop examine the Turn A’s I field, and Horace wonders if someday the Turn A will be able to move on its own. Lily tells the head nurse that Dianna thinks her work is too easy. Dianna washes saws in a bucket and is pushed aside when a patient is brought in. She is ordered by the doctor to prepare an anesthetic and cut the bloody soldier’s pants off. When the doctor grabs a big saw to amputate the soldier’s leg, Dianna faints. Later, she feels sick as she pours a bucket of blood into the river. Lily watches from nearby and wonders if Dianna can complete what she’s set out to do. The head nurse shows Dianna a large cart of laundry and tells her it has to be done by the next morning. As Dianna washes the sheets in the river, Loran watches with weak knees and can’t believe what she’s doing. He offers to help, but she says she has to finish it or Kihel’s reputation will be ruined. Loran has an idea and runs back to the Gallop to start up the Turn A. Sochie asks what he is doing, and he says he is using the Turn A just for fun. Loran goes over to the river and uses the Turn A’s hand to create a wash basin. He then dumps all the sheets in and uses the Turn A’s hand to create a spin cycle. Dianna laughs as soap bubbles form and spread everywhere. On the Soleil, Kihel tells Harry that Phil has set out to destroy the excavated Militia spaceship. She says that Kihel might be there and that she wants him to find her. Harry wonders why he is being sent, and Kihel tells him he is the only one who can do it. Later, Loran and Dianna sit alone by the river and look at the water.
To balance things out, we get a character development episode thrown in with all the recent action. This episode focuses mostly on Dianna, and she learns some lessons about the cruelty of war. Surprisingly, this results from sort of a practical joke on Lily’s part. She also gets to do some hard work and see what simple life is like. That’s something that she’s probably never experienced before as the queen. Loran isn’t familiar with it either and tries to do the work for Dianna because he knows she is the queen. Kihel sends Harry out to find herself, so maybe she and Dianna will soon switch places and go back where they belong. That is unless they already are where they belong.