The Crushers are victorious! They have ambushed, defeated, and captured each of the Crusaders, their most hated enemies, and obtained a secret security code enabling them to bypass the Citadel's defensive systems. Even now they are working to reprogram TEACHER, the last obstacle before their takeover is complete. No alarm has been raised; the Crusaders were lured to secluded ambush sites without witnesses, and TEACHER has been rendered unable to communicate outside the base itself. Only the Crushers know of their victory,and plan to keep it that way until it is too late for anyone to oppose them.