Emerging from her shower, Jessica Drew discovers the Shroud waiting for her. The Shroud reveals his face, and shares his origin with Drew. While searching for the Priests of Kali, who endowed the Shroud with his mystic abilities, the Shroud encountered the Cult of Kali, in New York. The Shroud followed the Cult of Kali to Los Angeles, specifically to the Hatros Institute for Emotional research, where Drew works as a receptionist. After a battle with the Cult of Kali, the Shroud followed them back to their underground lair. There the Shroud learned of a connection with S.H.I.E.L.D.
The Shroud asks for Drew's assistance in accessing S.H.I.E.L.D.'s data files on the Cult of Kali. Drew leads the Shroud to a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. facility, in Los Angeles. Drew, as the Spider-Woman, and the Shroud, storm the S.H.I.E.L.D. facility. S.H.I.E.L.D agents, Jerry Hunt and Laura Brown, visit the Hatros Institute, looking for information regarding the disappearance of two S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. Unbeknownst to Hunt, and Brown, they are surreptitiously observed by Adrienne Hatros, the head of the institute. From the S.H.I.E.L.D. data files, the Shroud learns that the Cult of Kali have no connection to the Priests of Kali, who trained him.
After escaping the S.H.I.E.L.D. facility, the Shroud offers to lead the Spider-Woman to the Cult of Kali's underground lair. Hunt, and Brown, sit down to dinner. Unbeknownst to the two S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, the Cult of Kali is about to pay them a visit. The Shroud leads the Spider-Woman into the Cult of Kali's headquarters. As the Cult of Kali is nowhere to be found, the Shroud and the Spider-Woman sequester themselves in the shadows, to wait for their return. The Cult of Kali drag two new victims to their sacrificial alter. The Spider-Woman unleashes her bio-venom into the high priestess. Then, all Hell breaks loose.
The Spider-Woman, and the Shroud, fight a pitched battle against the Cult of Kali. Ultimately, the two heroes are triumphant, but the high priestess has, somehow, managed to slip away. The Spider-Woman discovers that Hunt is one of the would-be victims. Rather than revealing her presence, the Spider-Woman departs, with the Shroud, before Hunt regains consciousness. The Spider-Woman and the Shroud part company. The high priestess is revealed to be Hatros, better known as Nekra, Priestess of Darkness.