pt. I. Zero-gravity capitalists : 1988-1990. Knocking on the Soviet's door ; Perestroika in orbit ; Tricking state and NASA ; The world turns upside down ; The Mir really exists ; Aren't two routes better than one? -- pt. II. My boss Semenov : 1991-1998. Joining the Space Mafia ; NASA signs with Energia. Maybe. ; Propping up the Russian Space Agency ; NASA buys Mir services ; The competition virus ; With Semenov ; 50th anniversary bash ; Fear beneath the petrified salami -- pt. III. The launch of MirCorp : 1999-2000. Rick's audacious plan ; If you can't buy, then lease ; The merchants of space ; Risky business ; Time to bottom fish ; But no one believes in success ; Anderson's seven million dollar call ; NASA's worst nightmare ; Derechin is worried ; At least the Communists are happy ; The Mir is saved! ; Some get it, some don't -- pt. IV. Scheming politicians, star-studded customers : 2000-2001. Conspiracies and boycotts ; The flyboys of MirCorp ; Citizen explorers ; Reality TV space race ; 2001, our space odyssey ; Into the watery grave ; The final confrontation.