The X-Men come upon a massacred Shi'Ar transport headed for the heart of the empire. The only survivor needs their help.
Having been teleported aboard a hurtling Shi'ar space cruiser, Beast, Rogue, Joseph, Gambit, Bishop and Trish Tilby struggle to pilot the out of control craft. Beast finally manages to do so, but then announces their path to the Shi'ar stargate must take them through an asteroid belt. With Joseph using his magnetic power, they navigate the belt and reach the gate.
While back on Earth, the rest of the X-Men express concern for their missing teammates, the Shi'ar cruiser arrives at a destroyed Starstation. Exploring the ruins, they find one survivor: Deathbird.