A New Life P. 1
Angela returns from her first combat mission with fear in her eyes. Instead of resigning - which has been talked her out by
her roommate Cassie - she finds herself in the hero-position: On the mission her commander shot down two enemy fighters but
she gets the credit for this. Cassie herself is (successfully) involved in a private 'who is the better' strength duel against
Ripper, a male comrade, who is the LSO. A team of reporters is already on their way to interview Angela, but during the night
Angela is killed.
A New Life P. 2
Harm & Kate continue to investigate the death of Lt. Angela Arutti, all the while the carrier remaining on combat status.
The test of a new torpedo is carried out on board the submarine, the USS Tiger Shark. The test is overseen by the civilian
software developer, Dirk Grover. This torpedo is designed to approach and then "shadow" its target until it is necessary
to hit & destroy. But something goes wrong and the torpedo disappears. Grover then tells the captain that the torpedo
is under his control and he will destroy a luxury cruise ship if he is not paid $40 million in gold.
Lt. Rabb and Lt.(j.g.)Austin, are sent to the Tiger Shark to assess the seriousness of the threat and if necessary, negotiate
with Grover to avoid loss of life.
Once on board, Grover insists that he must periodically send commands to the torpedo and to demonstrate, sets off an explosive
charge flooding a compartment.
In the course of the invesigation, the torpedo is located shadowing a British Liner; Rabb learns that Grover really isn't
in control of the torpedo unless the ship is within 4000 yds of it, so Rabb steals Grover's laptop and has Meg attempt to
crack his code to deactivate the torpedo. When it becomes clear that time is running out, the crew resorts to pretend that
the torpedo has turned on the Tiger Shark and that they're about to be destroyed. Grover, not wanting to die, tells Meg what
the "command detonate" code is, Meg enters it & the torpedo harmlessly explodes. Only then, does Grover realize
there was no danger and he is not going to be paid.