A few weeks’ travel has the ship arrive at Zill’gan station, a neutral trading station and repair yard. The administrator, Jojjal, authorizes a berth for all the ships on the convoy while they barter. Ultimately, a large quantity of replicated water buys their way aboard and use of the repair facilities.
The crew spreads out in order to find parts for their sickbay, and hydroponic plants. They locate an Ocampa merchant who sells them (of all things) Earth potatoes and onions. And then weird stuff starts happening, starting with the trading crew losing several hours. Chroniton bubbles are appearing randomly aboard the station – shifting time within the bubble forward or backward.
Via tricorder and triangulation, the crew finds that a piece of tech hidden on a portion of the station given to pirates is the reason for this. They get involved unofficially via Plogh and Skrillix showing up as independent troubleshooters, warning them. They ask for help – and Zesh swings in to disarm the machine.