To test their skills, Commodore Tolwyn splits the new cadets into the Blue Team led by the promising Christopher 'Maverick' Blair and the Red Team led by the hotheaded Todd 'Maniac' Marshall, but a traitor tries to sabotage the war games.
Cadets Maverick, Maniac, Payback and Blizzard become consumed with paranoia and put both themselves and their ship, the Tiger's Claw, in grave danger. Archer is forced to take Blizzard, who's secretly in love with her, down for good.
During a skirmish, Maverick and his bloodthirsty wingman, Hector 'Grunt' Paz, end up on a hostile planet along with the Kilrathi they were trying to shoot down. The two species are forced to work together to survive, but can they?
Commodore Tolwyn and his old friend Admiral Bergstrom disagree over whose strategy has the best chance of outsmarting the Kilrathi, who outnumber their forces. Bergstrom pulls rank and puts many lives on the line if she's wrong.
Maverick must save a pacifist planet sustained by an alien orb, when The Warrior King, a dimension-hopping guardian of the orb, wants it back to save his own world. The Kilrathi also want it. Part 4 of 4 of the Warrior King crossover.
Saddened, Archer remembers Blizzard. Maverick, Maniac, Grunt and Hyena are sent to rescue a hospital ship from the Kilrathi. Maniac becomes trapped there. Commodore Tolwyn personally joins the dogfight.
Maverick, Archer and Maniac are sent to check up on the Confederation's bio-research station on an alien planet. However, a downed Kilrathi pilot hides there, and the seductive Dr. Sing who runs the station makes Archer suspicious.
After the Terrans suffers unusually high losses in dogfights, Maverick and Maniac begin suspecting that the Kilrathi may have a new stealth fighter (called Strakha) whose deadly pilot is overly eager to prove himself to his superiors.
Maverick is shot down over an ice planet and Princess Zukara, the vain sister of the leader of the Kilrathi forces, Prince Thrakhath, wants his head. Her honorable subordinate Bokh offers Maverick a deal he can't refuse, which backfires.
Commodore Tolwyn sends Maverick and Grunt to an alien planet enslaved and prepared for elimination by the Kilrathi to start an uprising. However, what he doesn't tell them is that the real mission is a suicide run on Thrakhath's ship.