Zatanna was performing in Gotham City. Midway through the show she had her assistant close her up in a trunk but this time Zee found herself with a gag in her mouth and bound with a strong chain instead of escaping from the trunk. She thought it might be a subterranean room under the theater. Shortly, The Penguin and four assistants came into the room and took Zee to his HQ. He said "I'm going to do all the talking Zatanna. You won't get a chance to use one of your spells. You are hot and sexy! I am tempted to force you to marry me, but I know you won't agree. So, instead I am holding you ramsom for 20 million dollars. I'm going to contact Batman and issue my demands! Zee was trying to get the gag out of her mouth and get herself unchained. It was to no avail. Penguin came back into the room and told her that he talked to Batman and made his demands. He added "I told that caped bungler to get the cash fast because you aren't going to be allowed to eat or drink. Ha ha ha...." After speaking to Penguin, Batman knew that Zee would die unless he acted quickly. As Bruce Wayne he got the cash and went back to the batcave to await Penguin's call. After twelve hours Penguin called. Batman told him that he had the cash. Penguin said that they should meet on the roof of an abandoned building and make the exchange at noon the next day! Poor Zee was hungry and thirsty and getting more so. She conserved energy and was heartened when she heard that the exchange had been arranged. The next day she was feeling faint and had to be carried to Penguin's helicopter. Shortly they were on the roof. She was guarded by two thugs. Batman and Robin were there with the cash. Penguin excitedly approached them with two guards of his own. Penguin grabbed the satchel and ran to the copter. Batgirl and Batwoman came out of hiding and freed Zee. She turned towards the copter and said "Pots srotor!" Penguin's copter wouldn't take off. Batman and the others finished off Penguin and his gang. Batman checked on Zee to see if she was okay. He saw she was sick and asked Batwoman to take her to the hospital. Penguin and his crew were taken to jail. At the hospital Zee was rehydrated. Batwoman took her out for dinner and took her to the club to do her show. Zee said "The show must go on!"