Frank looks into the mirror, telling himself it was a matter of will; then it's off to the morning routine.
Maya joins Frank in the dining room. They watch the television showing massive protests back on Earth, some going a bit beyond peaceful assembly.
Maya wonders what they should do, and Frank says they should stick with the treaty. Wait, isn't that what John wanted? Hmm…
At the conference, Frank goes to work, helping India and China reach an agreement that will net them money if not emigration rights.
And the political wrangling takes much of the next month—which in political time is practically instantaneous.
Frank must not only work with the governments of the world, but transnats who also want their slice of the Martian money pie.
Although Frank tries to make everyone happy, some parties aren't pleased with his compromise. Sax is upset that transnat investors might limit their support of his terraforming; Ann worries about the mass emigration; but Maya's pleased with his progress (go figure). The lesson here: you've got to give a little, take a little, let you're poor heart break a little.
Their on-again, off-again turns on again, though Frank has no idea what she wants from him this time.
One night, Frank has a dream about John. The dream upsets him, causing him to get upset with Maya, and just like that, things between them are off again.
The new Mars treaty is signed. As Frank describes it to himself, "he had arranged the competing interests to strike together at angles that matched their momentum exactly, arranging a traffic accident so that all the vehicles would collide into a single solidified mass" (6.2.68). So… kudos?
Frank skips out on the party in the park, instead meeting up with Sax, who's still going on about his terraforming project and how the treaty will affect it.
Sax mentions that the treaty won't stop the transnationals anyway and Frank, upset, leaves.
Then he bumps into Ann who tells him he did the best he could with what he had to work with.
Finally, he runs into Jahns, transnat lobbyist extraordinaire. He's hunting for office space for his company. Yep, Sax might have been on to something there…