Ace is employed at a café at the start of this story, just as she was in Dragonfire. She even claims her experience on Iceworld as a way to win the job in this story. San believes "Iceworld" sounds "more like a supermarket", referring to the British Iceland supermarket chain.
The story is told by an omniscient narrator, who chooses to emphasise various characters' points of view at different times. However, the narrator generally chooses to emphasise San's perspective over that of the other characters.