Miklos and Fattah mount an operation to retrieve Zoran's Dakota from the Ice Palace, where it was abandoned by Red Shroud. They narrowly escape the clutches of Blackwolf and Murk in a mid-air battle. Rughal finally decides to keep his promise to Murk, and presents him with the clone of Yelena, Murk's long-lost and beloved wife. But the clone Yelena has no memories of her marriage to Murk, and is repelled by his monstrous smoke form. Murk reluctantly accepts that he cannot recreate his wife, and helps the clone Yelena escape the Ice Palace. She make her way to safety in Batina's refuge. Totally broken, Murk gives himself over completely to Rughal's service. In the meantime, in the cyber world, Blair learns that the young 99 are no longer at the Ice Palace and that Red Shroud is dead. Blair changes course and visits Alex at Batina's Refuge, appearing to him in his new digital form.