Well, the new planetary governor of New Hope is an old guy with a terrible comb-over. But all New Hope politicians, male or female, have terrible hair. Vivian, Pearl's hair stylist and friend, claims there is too much inbreeding among New Hope's elite.
Jun, Pearl's daughter, is now a precocious three-year-old, who already uses the f-word quite a bit even though she has no clue as to what it means. She learned the word while staying at her grandmother Chang's brothel on days when Pearl can't afford day care.
Nina is away serving with an Imperial Gaean COG team saving the galaxy from a Z lab gone rogue ear Xeogg space.
While Nina is away, Pearl is expanding her business to include private investigation.
The movers and shakers of New Hope City are upset that Clarice Sixtus, Chairwoman of the Committee on Protectorate Planet Affairs of the Imperial Senate recently stated: "New Hope is a desolated planet populated by deplorables."