In this Alternate Universe version of the SGA pilot, Rising, Colonel Sumner is in charge of an expedition which is almost all male and all military. John Sheppard is a military pet - a submissive who has been trained to service others. Sumner decides he has to prove he is trustworthy before letting him go on the expedition, so has Sheppard come to his house to bond with the Marines. Later, he tells O'Neill he accepts Sheppard, but O'Neill has to see for himself first. Once they are in Atlantis, Sheppard is restricted to helping out in the labs, rather than going on missions, so Sumner gives control of him over to Rodney McKay, who is still head scientist on the expedition.