The sequel to 'A Wrench in the Works' begins with the cleanup at Armstrong Base. While investigating captured alien technology, humanity is reunited with our ancient benefactors who had intervened to thwart the hostiles. They inform us that their arch enemy is coming back, and this time they have a frighteningly powerful stolen weapon. Our old friends need us as much as we need them. More
The cast of characters from 'A Wrench in the Works' return to duty, warned that they have only three years to prepare for the next attack. The friends find their way to the moon to participate in the cleanup at Armstrong Base. While investigating a large alien transport shot down during the attack, the base detects a large unidentified craft coming in at high speed. It is our old, enigmatic friends who had thwarted the hostiles' last attack. They will remain in the solar system indefinitely, sharing technology and making friends while they help us prepare for the next visit from their implacable enemy. It turns out that our new allies need us as much as we need them. They created the menace, and they don't have the numbers left to stop them from a galactic rampage.