The issue begins with Vera Cantor, Beast's girlfriend reading a poem written by him with flowers in her hands as a excuse for his travel to New Mexico without explanations.
In Angel's Aerie, the Defenders are having breakfast when Moondragon walks in wearing her new black and white clothes. She did that because of her recent changes without the tiara that restrained her powers. She finally had found out what Odin wanted by having that tiara on her - with great powers come great responsibilities. Later Moondragon says to Cloud that she had being using her powers to make Cloud become in love with her just to remove her tiara and that she/he doesn't really love her.
Some days later in a small city the deputy asks his son in the jail why he had done that, as the boy replies that his father wouldn't understand him. Then the father beats his son and he says he did because he hate his father. Next morning Edna Mae arrives at deputy's house and says she doesn't blame them because of what his son had done to her. She just ask them to see the boy again because she wants to understand what had happened. In the jail the boy says he did that just because she was there available and because she is black, and his eyes blinked in a strange way.
Moondragon felt his energy of him and alert the Defenders about the problem. They don't really believe in her but accept going to investigate the city, but Beast, Iceman and Gargoyle decide not to go. Beast doesn't trust the new Moondragon, Iceman doesn't want to stay around the male Cloud and Gargoyle is injured after last issues battle, when he had lost his hand.
When they arrive at the city, a riot is about to begin because of a group of racists that want the release of Danny Shepard - that young boy arrested because what he had done to Edna Mae. The Defenders avoid the worse when they arrived. At the trial of Danny, Edna tells everyone what really happened - his student Danny had written a poem to her and after she said it was beautiful he grabs her, his eyes glowed and then assaulted her.
Danny declares himself innocent because everyone attack everyone and she is just an old black laddie. Suddenly a man rise up from the crowd and shot at Danny, but Moondragon stops the bullet and then makes everyone tell the true with her powers. Danny tells he just wanted to make hurt them all. Edna Mae then tells that she actually passed away after reviving some bad memories from her past when Danny looked at her and uses his powers. She actually hasn't been assaulted by him.
Danny is actually a boy with the power to absorb peoples pain and sadness, and he just want to make everyone happy by stealing their griefs.
At the end a strange plant grows fast at the bottom of Defenders' home. Could it be Ephraim Soles again?