A high-stakes Port of Vancouver Union Election gives Kiera her first taste of contemporary political intrigue. First, the issue of Kiera's trust and loyalty of her partner come into question as evidence points to Carlos in the death of an investigative reporter: Carlos finds himself investigating the murder of journalist Alicia Fuentes, who he slept with the night before her death. He had received a call from Carlos's lifelong old friend, Jim Martin, who is running as the leading candidate in the polls for election as the head of the local dock workers union, on a platform of cleaning up the union's corrupt practices. Martin was having an argument with Alicia, who was about to blow the lid off a dirty secret Martin may have been hiding. Carlos knew Alicia, picked her up and after dinner spent most of the night at her apartment. When they find her dead the next morning, he tells no one, not even Kiera, that he was there until about 1:30. Meanwhile, Alec is trying to fix Kiera's suit, and with some of its capability restored, she gets a lead on the killer, and also finds that the piece of the time travel device is missing, and knows Kellog has to be the one who took it. While covertly and desperately trying to clear both men and find out who killed Alicia, Kiera will learn first-hand the lengths one will go to get elected - and the allies they associate with once victory is achieved.