Maxine's new abilities continue to terrify Ellen and Buddy Baker, and things take a turn for the worse as Buddy begins a startling transformation of his own that will lead him on a journey into the heart of The Red. Meanwhile, The Hunters Three arrive on Earth and set their sights on the Baker family. The Hunt is on as DC's most surprising new series continues to take ANIMAL MAN in shocking new directions.
3:45am at the Baker's House in San Diego- The Baker family stand in the yard witnessing Maxine surrounded by neighborhood pets she has brought back from the dead. When Buddy and Ellen question Maxine where she found her new power she point to Buddy's chest and says there. This is when Buddy and Ellen realize Buddy has a strange tattoo of a red tree all over his chest and face. The family takes their conversation inside, along with the undead pets, and there Buddy asks Cliff to take a shovel and hide the open graves around the neighborhood. Maxine then begins to beg her father to help her save the tree that is now mapped out on his body. Before Buddy can think the family hears Cliff yelling from outside.
Cliff has been caught by Mr. Duffy, digging in his front yard. Buddy asks Mr. Duffy to let go of his son but when Mr. Duffy refuses and threaten to call the police, Maxine turns Mr. Duffy's arm in to a chicken claw. Mr. Duffy falls down in pain and panic and Buddy tries to help him while Ellen tries to convince Maxine to change the neighbor's arm back to normal. When Maxine does, Mr. Duffy runs off to call the cops. Buddy sends the kids back inside and tells his wife that he needs to take Maxine to the tree she has been talking about. Ellen agrees but not until Buddy promises to protect Maxine with his life.
6:15 AM at the San Diego Zoo- Three zoo keepers are alarmed when the find the hippos on their backs in pain, and their stomachs about to burst. When the hippos stomachs explode the Hunters Three, emerge and eat the zoo keepers taking their forms.
Meanwhile, Buddy and Maxine find the tree and it pulls them into The Red.