Betrayed by his superiors and left for dead, XIII has definitely left the secret service in favor of a wandering life. In the hope of finding food and shelter, he went to Empire City and meets Betty Barnowsky, a beautiful activist involved in the fight against the major energy groups. Betty saving a police raid muscled XIII calls within the Veil, an underground organization led by Max Vargas. Veil attempts to expose openly the climate research center Hearpe (High Energy Auroral Refraction Protonospheric Emitter), whose real purpose is to influence the climate for economic reasons. Betty seduced both by itself and by his speech committed XIII agrees to help activists.
In a race against the brutal Synequanon security team, XIII tracks down a scientist, a prisoner of the corporation who has a special connection to the mysterious letters.
XIII crashes an ultra-exclusive party hosted by a psychotic Russian Oligarch to secure a Tesla letter.
X111 is captured by the Xu Corporation and they figure out that he is not Victor Gong, but he acts, thinks and acts like Victor. This raises questions. Pong manages to get the last Tesla letter from X111 who remembers the memories of Victor Gong also with the help of his daughter. Meanwhile Mozambique gets captured. Carrington imposes a state of martial law halting the transfer of power to Treymore.
AsX111 betty and amos try to escape Shanghai they are caught in a sinister city wide riot caused by x111 s double..meanwhile Traymore closes in on Carrington and pushes him deeper into the bunker.
XIII, Betty and Barnabis rush to stop the fully operational Chinese HEARPE machine before it unleashes its destructive force on the United States.