Ensign Lovell is assigned to the outpost, Archimedes. Lovell never finished the Naval Academy training, which is why he thinks he has been assigned to the third shift of the outpost. While he did move up in rank in previous years of his career, he lost his rank because of insubordination. Ensign Lovell reads the memo that spells out the details of the Cole Protocol, which is the first time it is introduced to the reader. Lovell is the first one to spot the unknown form approaching the inner colonies, but dismisses it as space junk because it doesn't match the shape or size of any known Covenant vessels. Keyes hires Lovell to work on the Pillar of Autumn.