|Unidentified Alliance ensign|
|Ship(s) captained or crewed|
Union of Allied Planets
On the bridge of the cruiser, the ensign was approached by the colonel, her commanding officer, and asked to summarize "the fuss" he heard about. The ensign reported that it was an all-network alert about a cargo theft: six crates of Pescaline D had been stolen from a train en route to Paradiso. The colonel glanced at the report and briefly noted that the stolen drugs would sell for a fortune on the black market. Uninterested, he ordered the ensign to leave the matter to the local officials as he prepared to walk away. She stopped him, noting that a regiment of federal marshals was being held up in Paradiso. When the colonel told her to get them back aboard the train to their destination, she stated that the sheriff was requesting that some of the marshals assist him with the theft. The colonel, now agitated, finally dismissed the request. He considered the federal agents too important to be diverted to focus on a heist.
Because the colonel did not care about matters on Rim planets, and since he did not know the robbery was committed by the crew of Serenity, the Alliance missed a unique opportunity to help apprehend the sibling fugitives Simon and River Tam. The crew of the cruiser later received word that the medicine was returned.