The Crimson Binome
The story starts at the Dock area of Mainframe, where people are walking around and riding bicycles. Then a pirate ship arrives, releasing a horde of flying pirates.
Dot is talking to the police chief when the Ethernet goes off line. Phong tries to pinpoint the cause of the disturbance when Enzo remarks that Bob has an apartment down by the Docks; he can handle it. But Bob is oblivious to the citizens being frozen by file locks; he is too busy singing to himself while repairing his car. The pirates steal his car while Bob is not looking, and Sally the pirate steals Glitch.
Captain Capacitor recognizes the Guardian's tool, and figures to make a profit selling it, especially if he can ransom the Guardian as well. Bob tries to sneak up on the software pirates, but finally realizes that Glitch is missing. He ends up using his own file lock while riding on a pair of hover discs.
Princess Bula, a large South Seas maiden, pops up from the deck and grabs Bob during the exchange for Glitch. Bob is placed in the brig as the ship leaves harbor.
Dot and the harbor police commandeer a fast private yacht. Bob tries to grab the keys from a sleeping guard, but is stopped by the force field in the bars. Bob recognizes the signature of the one who got away; Mouse. He throws the cell's bed against the bars and disappears during the flash. After the others have gone, Bob comes out from behind a pillar and says "thanks, Mouse, where ever you are." He then wreaks havoc on the ship, knocking the rudder and cannons off line, so that Dot can catch up with the Crimson Binome. Mr. Edwards, the gunner, fires the only functional cannon, but the yacht is saved when Frisket catches the cannonball.
The pirates get the upper hand, but Mr. Christopher reports that Bob's damage has caused the profit margin to drop below 200%. Dot and Capacitor exchange witty repartee, fencing with words, until it is obvious that the pirate has been outclassed. He goes into business with Dot, who needs someone with his ability to deliver. The captain reveals that his real name is Gavin