Red Shroud steals Zoran's Dakota and flies to the Ice Palace. Ramzi realises that Blair knew Higgins' plan, but no-one could stop him. In the chamber beneath the Ice Palace, Alex begins to stir out of his suspended animation. Freeing himself, he manages to release the other young stone-bearers, and the group go in search of their Noor stones, only to find themselves trapped by the ever-vigilant Cat. In Seville, Blair asks Miklos to help him with a secret plan. As Red Shroud approaches the Ice Palace, his presence is detected by Blackwolf, and the two enemies engage in a fearsome battle. Red Shroud succeeds in penetrating the Ice Palace, to discover the young 99 cornered. Fighting off Rughal's supervillains one by one, Red Shroud mounts an heroic rescue, enabling the children to escape, but he himself is overwhelmed. Reluctantly, Alex leads the children back to Batina's refuge, but his thoughts are with his dad. In the virtual world, a new form is speeding though the cyber highways. It...