Welcome to the Continental Baseball League! This fictional league operates in competition with the established American and National leagues. The players may be fictional, but they face very real career obstacles. In "Payback" lefty Alan Coltard is looking for validation for his efforts. To do that he must "get even" with one man who he thinks held him back. Slugging outfielder J.C. Taylor confronts a different set of obstacles. First he must reconcile his new situation when he is traded from the contending Washington Federals to the lowly Columbus Buckeyes. On top of that he must somehow deal with the reappearance of an old flame that could threaten everything else that he holds dear.