Hidden within the Zaibach empire, Hitomi, Van, and Shian try and penetrate their enemy's forces. Unfortunately, Van's lack of subtlety is more dangerous than ever and it's all the small party can do to survive. Dangerous combat manifests Hitomi's powers again and the girl finds she is able to do more than she realized. Desperate, Van leads the others in a race against time to save his captive mother from the troubled and sadistic Dilandau. But when it comes to Queen Escalina, is it already too late?