Still reeling from the disappearance of three key ARC, the government has lost faith in Lester's abilities to manage the operation on his own. The ARC is now in the hands of a public/private partnership, part-owned by the government, and partly by entrepreneurial scientist Philip Burton. But who's really in charge? A new team has been recruited to replace the missing trio; team leader Matt is more than an ex-soldier - he’s an ethologist, with an uncanny ability to understand animals but, there's mystery surrounding his background. Jess now facilitates the team's operations from the ARC Control Center and, having resigned from the military, Becker now works as a private soldier for Philip's organization. Meanwhile, in the year they spent stranded in the Cretaceous, Connor and Abby have become closer in every sense and are now very much in love. Danny, however, remains missing in action, and when he does eventually return, the information he has about Helen Cutter is to have a profound effect on the team.