After failing another attempt in proving his worth to the Kree by forging an alliance with the Organization, Ronan orders to have Mar-Vell executed.
The issue opens in the Florida Everglades where Captain Mar-Vell is facing execution by a Kree firing squad commanded by Yon-Rogg. Una arrives on the scene and knows she is too late to do anything. We then skip back in time to the end of last issue after Mar-Vell’s victory over Cyberex when Carol Danvers thanks him for saving her life with a passionate kiss. The kiss is observed aboard the Helion by Una and Yon-Rogg who coaxes the fires of jealousy. Shortly Mar-Vell returns to the Helion and is informed Ronan wishes to have a video conference with him. During the conference Ronan orders Mar-Vell to get close to the mysterious group called The Organization and their leader Number One as they possess riches and powers that may be of use to the Kree. After receiving his orders Mar-Vell approaches Una who gives him the cold shoulder. The Captain inquires the reason for her attitude and she tells him “If it is a wink and a smile that you seek Captain, perhaps you would do better to find them in your Earth woman!” Yon-Rogg is delighted he has managed to drive the lovers apart and cost Mar-Vell his last influential ally.
Meanwhile within the HQ of The Organization, Number One punishes Number 23 for failing to capture Walter Lawson by using an Eon-Ray designed by Lawson himself. The ray ages its victim a lifetime within seconds and Number 23 turns to dust. Outside his hotel Mar-Vell, disguised as Walter Lawson, is picked up by Carol Danvers who apologises for being suspicious of him all this time. Lawson is delighted the two are finally getting acquainted when Carol notices they are being trailed. Mar-Vell recognises the men’s uniform as those of the Organization and pulls Carol out of the moving car just before they’re fired upon by the Eon-Ray. The astonished pair witness the car turn to a rusting relic in front of their eyes before noticing that a nearby bird that was also hit by the ray has been transformed into a prehistoric Pterodactyl. In her rush to escape Carol hits her head and is knocked unconscious. This gives Walter Lawson the chance to turn into Captain Marvel. Using his rockets Mar-Vell chases after the flying reptile and manages to break its neck. On returning he finds Carol missing and a note telling Walter Lawson to come to a certain location.
On arriving at the address, Captain Marvel is blindfolded and led in to meet Number One. The Captain tells his captors that he intercepted the message to Lawson and wants to join forces with them. Hearing this Carol Danvers calls him a traitor. Mar-Vell grabs Carol and says he only got close to her because she’s head of security at The Cape but secretly hands her a pellet of nerve gas. Carol is then led away while Number One explains The Organizations plans to Captain Marvel. Suddenly a guard runs in and alerts that Carol has escaped throwing a gas pellet and Mar-Vell admits he aided her. Number One calls his agents and Captain Marvel finds himself heavily outnumbered. Nonetheless the Man of Kree uses his rockets, skills, superior strength and military training to defeat his adversaries after a long battle. But before he can recover, Mar-Vell is shot with the Eon-Ray by Number One!
The rapid ageing process immediately begins to take its toll but a weak and feeble Mar-Vell manages to crawl towards Number One and snatch the Eon-Ray from his grasp. Then using his rockets Mar-Vell flies around the corner and reverses the polarity of the gun and turns it on himself, bringing the Kree back to normal age. After changing the gun back to normal and finding Carol Danvers, Captain Marvel shoots every member of the Organization with the Eon-Ray. As Mar-Vell and Carol fly off, even the headquarters of The Organization crumbles to dust from stray Eon-Ray blasts. Meantime on board the Helion, Yon-Rogg informs Ronan of Mar-Vell’s disobedience and the Accuser orders Captain Mar-Vell’s execution! Hearing this Una flies to warn Mar-Vell using her own rockets but she is intercepted by the execution squad. When Una awakes from the blast she received she finds that she has arrived too late…