The story begins in a shadowy alley in downtown as the jobbers get their marching orders from Mr. Johansen. The jobbers have been hired to track down an overwrought known as the Spartan. The overwrought is deeply in debt and Mr. Johansen is ready to collect. He wants Spartan returned to him, preferably alive, but he will accept a corpse as well. Mr. Johansen is very clear that all of the overwrought’s parts must be returned. The crew has until morning to collect. Mr. Johansen will meet up with the crew in the alley behind Abernathy towers an hour after daybreak. He will pay the jobbers 500 apiece for the corpse or 800 apiece if he is brought in alive.