Dying U.N.C.L.E. agent Dancer makes contact, reporting that "the bird is on the wing" before disappearing. This suggests a threat: THRUSH plans to assassinate the boy lama of Shantai, Miki, who is in the United States for dental surgery. Miki united his fractious nation; with him out of the way, and perhaps some additional help, THRUSH can take control of that state. Naturally, Mr. Waverly wants that prevented.