The mysterious, 3-billion-year-old artifact and the secret Cat Anne knows can be used to secure Mars.
Part of an ancient ship that was destroyed at about the same time that Mars was ruined, the calm and cool Conductor was imprisoned inside an asteroid until its discovery and capture by Hank Henderson. She trusted Hank with her story of the ship's destruction and the existence of the Drive, what powers it holds, and her mission to reunite with it. Hank nodded, smiled, and immediately locked the Conductor up in far Commissariat.
The Conductor's broken trust in Hank would not be repeated: she failed to use her superpower against Hank (the ability to listen and convince humans to bend to her will). When Cat Anne discover her, the Conductor knows she must use the cat to get her revenge on Hank and complete her mission to get the Drive into position, connect it up with the other components, and make her ship whole again.