Every Contractor has a job to do, and it seems Hei's latest task is to fake a smile. He is doing his best to keep his companion, Chiaki, at ease, and she's on edge for good reason. The woman is a fugitive in search of freedom, with government secrets tucked away to be cashed in for some rainy day. Hunted from every dark corner, by Contractor and cop alike, Hei's cold calculation might keep her safe for now. But nobody can run forever in a world where deception begets deception.