In chapter 1, we meet the main hero and villain of our story and learn a little bit about the war the Kassans now live in. There's some hot space-fighting action, and the introduction of the titular Recursion through which Deathe escapes.
Jade arrives on the other side of the Recursion to find Deathe already well established on the other side. After pillaging Deathe's R&D department for a weapon, our hero uses a combination of stealth and force to make her way through and escape.
While Deathe terrorizes the known lands with quick and deadly raids, the nobility of the local settlements meet in Bellport to discuss a strategy. However, Links has snuck into town to spy on Jade's plan to find and rout Deathe's base of operations.