Sam Guthrie (Cannonball) is back home in Cumberland, Kentucky to visit his ailing mother. She reveals that she is suffering from Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a disease affecting the nervous system. She needs to go to Lexington, Kentucky in order to receive treatment. Sam suggests he stay with home to take care of the family.
Cannonball tries to clear his head by flying around his hometown. He sees a glowing girl, Arcadia, running towards the mines where he and his dad used to work. He follows her, only to be ambushed by Ulysses Dragonblood and Arcadia together. Ulysses realizes that Cannonball is not the person that's been tracking. Then the real threat, Argos the Hunter, a member of the Sword, appears and attacks Ulysses. Cannonball knocks Argos out saving Ulysses and Arcadia and asks them who they are. Ulysses reveals that Arcadia possesses a power that Argos' master wants for himself. Cannonball offers his help, but before they continue, the rest of the Sword arrive.
Back in San Francisco, Jesse Aronson (Bedlam) is at a nightclub where he meets a young woman called Kat. However, the introductions are cut short as two special agents arrive to the club to find Jesse. Jesse tries to make his escape by generating his bio-electric fields and shutting down the lights. However, this proves unsuccessful as the agents find him and demand he return with them. X-Force (Siryn, Sunspot, Meltdown, Domino, Monster and James Proudstar) show up to confront the agents. Jesse stops X-Force from fighting the agents saying they aren't the bad guys. The agents state that they are part of M.U.S.E (Mutant Underground Support Engine), an organization dedicated to find mutants in trouble and bringing them to a safe place.
X-Force and the agents go back to their warehouse headquarters where the agents explain their motives. Bedlam was to become an agent of M.U.S.E., but had disappeared, putting them in danger. Bedlam finally reveals why he sought out Domino: he wanted her help to find his brother Chris. The agents insist that Chris actually doesn't exist and that Bedlam made him up.