The Doctor ends up in prison. Sam fights Megacorps. There are aliens involved.
Seeing I provides examples of:
- Ambiguously Jewish: Hao'lam's culture could be described as pan-Semitic: there are characters with names such as Shoshana and Ramadan. Dr Akalu's use of "Baruch atta Adonai" as an interjection makes him a bit less ambiguous.
- Big Damn Kiss: Between Sam and the Doctor. If admittedly one of the most awkwardly described ones in the series.
- Bi the Way: Samantha Jones plays kinky bedroom games with her female roommate. On the other hand, she dates three people during her stay on Hao'lam, all of whom are men.
- Companion Cube: The Doctor carries around a teddy bear of Sam's while in prison. To try and create a disincentive for the Doctor to keep trying to break out, Dr. Akalu confiscates it. Eight doesn't quite know how to react.
- Cardboard Prison: Subverted. The Doctor assumes that OBFSC, being a minimum security prison for white collar criminals and elderly INC employees, should be easy enough to break out of. Three years and hundreds of escape attempts later, it finally starts to sink in that it's more or less impossible. (At least, without help).
- Determinator: The Doctor. In his first three months at OBFSC, he makes ninety escape attempts, all of which fail.
- Expecting Someone Taller: Sam gets the chance to talk the Doctor up to her friends, but when they meet him, he's feeling a bit drained and doesn't come across very wellnote .
‘I dunno,’ said Orin, ‘I kinda figured he’d be... well, taller.’
‘He acts tall,’ murmured Sam.
- Eye Scream: The protocol for bringing prisoners into OBFSC unconscious is actually an excuse to implant mental scanners into their eyes. Also, the way the implants Akalu and Shoshana have tend to be described this way as well.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Ziba
- Luxury Prison Suite: OBFSC. Compared Lindsay, the maximum security prison, the Doctor is being held in a minimum security heaven. There's a library and a duck pond and even a therapist to help the prisoners cope, but the Doctor goes slowly insane from lack of stimuli.
—"Forty-seven civilizations in this part of the galaxy, thirty billion years of history among them, and I've got a room. And a hallway. And a room. And a courtyard."
- Mega Corp.: The INC is responsible for ninety percent of Hao'lam's economy, even owning the intellectual property rights of employees on the healthcare plan who need organ donations. These employees are sent to prison rather than being forced to return the organs, but are forced to spend the rest of their lives there to ensure that INC's copyrights aren't infringed upon.
- Playful Hacker: The Doctor sure goes to town with those data-umphs.
- Ridiculously Time-Lord-ish AI: Justified in the case of DOCTOR, which was designed to mirror the Doctor's behavior to predict his actions. It's not a perfect resemblance, though: it tattles on him for breaking out of jail and Sam notes that its personality is equal parts Doctor-ish and "grouchy old teacher"-ish, for some reason.
- Room Full of Crazy: The Doctor's jail cell. In crayon.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: Why Sam left the Doctor in the first place. It seems resolved by the end of the novel, but then later books contradict that.