Conrad Brand is a driven man.
Desperate to save his son from an obsessive guilt over Freya’s death and from the authorities that want to put Freyr in quarantine because of the alleged Ghost disease, he insists that Freyr come with him to Hong Kong. He has accepted a reassignment in his company, Black Ocean, to run a new subsidiary called Arctiel in return for Black Ocean's protection of his son.
Black Ocean, the company that now rules Neo-Tokyo openly, wants to establish another base in Hong Kong. The Triads rightly see this as a move by the Japanese Yakuza to come into their territory. Conrad has been hand-chosen by Black Ocean's CEO to gain the company a strong foothold in China. Conrad intends to give Black Ocean exactly what it wants.