The search for Valkyrie begins! Val's behinds bars, (and charged with destruction of property), but the Lady Liberator reaches her breaking point when prison conditions become intolerable. Valkyrie breaks out of solitary…to enter a prison riot!\
Dr. Strange tries to figure out what's going wrong with his magic. The other Defenders unwind after their recent adventures. Jack recounts the mystery of Val's recent disappearance. Nighthawk gives each Defender a job in order to find out where she is.
She happens to be in a women's prison, where the warden tries to get handsy with her. She tosses him against the wall.
Luke Cage and Red Guardian look for Val on the streets, and get in an altercation with a racist drunk over a girl who looks similar to Val.
Nighthawk looks for her at the Headmen's base, to no avail. He eventually finds out that she's in jail.
The Warden tries to punish Val in front of other prisoners, and she throws him again, so they put her in solitary. She breaks out to find that the other prisoners are staging a riot, falsely using her treatment to get their own advantages.
Val wants to take over the riot so she can end it, but the prisoner who has been annoying her this whole time attacks her. While Val is unable to fight women, she takes advantage of the technicalities of the spell to defeat her in a roundabout way.
Clea casts a spell to distract the guards and the Defenders rush in to save her, only to find her safe, and quelling the riot.
Note: the cover is notably inaccurate even considering most comic covers' normal level of artistic freedom when it comes to interpreting the contents. It implies that the main story is about Clea turning the sun into a fireball, which the other Defenders must stop. Instead, she makes a simple light spell which shows up for one panel, and is fully supported by the others. The cover also asks, "what the heck is happening to the Hulk?!" However, the Hulk only appears via a minor flashback.