When the group was assembled in the large communications room at the back of the beacon, Kate said, "I may have a solution."
"Let me explain. Your body is composed of atoms that are quantum entangled with the atoms of everyone you've ever come into contact with. All of those atoms are also tied to the quantum force we call the Origin Entity. Our technology is past your understanding, but if you accept your role as a link in the ring, we can access your connection to the Origin Entity, and then we can access those you're connected to. Kate. The rest of your people. It's a domino effect. If our theory is correct, the ring will spread instantly via your quantum entanglements."
"We always try it the easy way, David. We've been doing this a very long time. If you refuse, we'll try to assimilate you anyway. If we can't, we'll kill you. Then, when our ships arrive at your world, they'll kill everyone else. We kill anything we can't assimilate. There's only room for one advanced species in this universe, and the ring is that race. Be smart, David. Think about Kate. What she would want. If you join the ring, those ships will be picking up links when they arrive. Otherwise, it will be a massacre. Kate will die too. So will you."