Goldface has defeated the Flash, tied him to an anchor, and left him to drown. As soon as Goldface surfaces, the Flash desperately begins to work himself free. Goldface finds the disintegrated remains of all of his henchmen, the signature modus operandi of the murderous Eradicator. The Eradicator reveals himself, attacking Goldface. The Flash finally pulls the anchor free from the lakebed, and makes it back to the surface. Goldface's armor proves impervious to the Eradicator's attacks. Goldface mercilessly beats the Eradicator, backing him up against a tree. The Eradicator transforms the tree into an acidic foam, that forces Goldface to burrow underground for protection.
The Flash confronts the Eradicator. While the Flash and the Eradicator argue over their crime fighting methods, Goldface burrows, underground, back to his lake house headquarters. The Flash races to get to Goldface before the Eradicator. Goldface ambushes the Flash, but the Flash is so swift that he is able to drag Goldface in front of his own weapons' fire. With Goldface defeated, the Eradicator transforms the soil around Goldface into a lethal toxin, which seeps in through the cracks in Goldface's helmet. The Flash creates a whirlwind to draw the toxic fumes away from Goldface. The Eradicator withdraws from the conflict.
The Flash meets up with Mick Rory, formerly the notorious Heat Wave, at the Flash's apartment. With Goldface behind bars, Rory no longer needs to hide out. The Flash, as police forensic scientist, Barry Allen, receives a call from his captain, Darryl Frye. Outraged over a news story, regarding the Central City Police Deaprtment's seeming reluctance to take down the Eradicator, Frye declares his intent to debut his masked identity, Captain Invincible. Senator Creed Phillips calls on Fiona Webb, picking her up for their date at the theater. En route home, Phillips and Webb are assaulted by thugs. With Webb unconscious, Phillips fights back.
Phillips reveals himself to be the Eradicator, disintegrating the two hoodlums. Once Webb recovers, Phillips escorts her home. An armored car robbery attracts the attention of the Flash. After beating down the two thieves, the Flash rushes an ambulance back to the scene of the crime, to render aid to the drivers. One of the thieves abducts a child, to use as a hostage, while he flees. The Flash rescues the child, then mercilessly beats the thief, raining blow after blow on the man, at super-human speed. Realizing he's momentarily lost control, the Flash stops himself, then walks away to contact the authorities. Phillips decides that the Flash has become an obstacle to his crusade against crime, and will have to be eliminated.