Episode Synopsis: Landing in New York City shortly after midnight local time, Straker finds himself whisked away to a secret meeting at the United Nations. While most UN member states support the workings of SHADO in one way or another, a few countries refuse to acknowledge the presence of the alien menace. In most cases, these governments simply believe the UFO thread is a fraud intended to keep the Americans and Soviets in control of the global military industrial complex. The only major power to openly oppose SHADO and its operations is the People’s Republic of China. For years, they have insisted that their military was quite capable of dealing with the UFO problems independently.
Recently, a Chinese defector has supplied documents indicating that they PRC is, in fact, openly negotiating with the aliens. In order to determine the veracity of the defector’s claims, Straker is forced to turn SHADO’s surveillance network earthward. When the next wave of UFOs approaches, one of them is intentionally allowed to slip through the global defense network while SID and several terrestrial tracking stations attempt to follow it down.
When the UFO does indeed rendezvous with a Chinese submarine, Straker faces a dangerous decision. Does he order the lurking Sky 1 to attack, potentially causing a catastrophic military crisis? Or does he permit the rendezvous to take place undisturbed and risk whatever unknowable consequences it might portend?
UFO model by Teata. Typhoon sub from The Axeman. Story consultant Arcass. Created in Daz3d and finished off in Photoshop.