Phineas Welles is a fugitive scientist wanted by the Halcyon Holdings Corporate Board for crimes against the Halcyon colony; he has been wanted for 35 years. In 2355, he breached the colony ship Hope and rescued the Stranger to help him liberate the other colonists.
Phineas Vernon Welles has been working for years on a chemical formula capable of preventing people who spend excessive time in a stasis pod from dying from explosive cell death. After a dozen or so failed attempts, Welles has finally perfected his formula. Unfortunately, Welles had just enough resources on hand to make the single trial batch used on the Stranger. He cannot freely obtain more chemicals for the other colonists of the Hope due to the bounty on his head, and needs the Stranger to help him.