Military police raid an apartment and open fire on David and Anna as they flee via the fire escape. However, they manage to reach ground level and escape in a truck driven by Eiji. Anna wonders if they were sold out by an Earthling, and while David is sure of that, he notes that an Earthling also warned them about the impending raid. Eiji drives the truck to a new hideout, which is located in an abandoned neighborhood. Anna is pleased to see Matthew and gives him some new books. Matthew tells David that Clythe came by to drop off an underground newspaper that details how the followers of Cuzco’s holy maiden are coming to New York. Eiji asks who they are, so Anna explains that she’s supposedly an envoy sent by God. Since the rumors started in Cuzco, South America, the name stuck. David adds that she preaches non-resistance and that Earthlings and Gradosians should peacefully coexist. Matthew asks who the maiden really is, and when David shows Eiji her picture, Eiji suddenly decides to leave. He wants to see the maiden himself, and David decides to come along. Le Cain meets with Giulla and Roanne to discuss the maiden, and Roanne suggests that her group probably wants to meet with Gresco. Le Cain dismisses her philosophy and orders Giulla to ensure that the group doesn’t enter New York. Later, the holy maiden and her hooded followers walk through a street where a large crowd has gathered. Their path is blocked by Gradosian hovercraft, and Giulla demands that they leave or be shot. Eiji stops David from intervening and says he wants to observe what will happen. The maiden steps forward and removes her hood, revealing that she’s Julia. She continues to walk forward despite Giulla’s warnings, but his men won’t open fire. She keeps walking past the catatonic soldiers, so Giulla grabs a machine gun and threatens to shoot her, but is unable to. David is shocked, and the crowd starts following Julia.
Le Cain decides to expose the holy maiden and summons the Death Demon Squad. Soon after, the El Darr, Dankova, Gashlan and Daljan arrive on the street, followed by the Zakaal. Le Cain demands to know what Julia wants, and she requests to meet with Gresco, which he refuses. Le Cain intends to prove that she’s just a normal woman, so his SPTs take aim. The Daljan’s pilot dismounts from his unit and asks Le Cain for permission to kill Julia. Le Cain is amused by the idea of giving a holy maiden over to a demon, and the pilot knocks aside all of Julia’s followers. She recognizes his voice, and he rips her dress off, leaving her naked. Eiji yells at him to stop and grabs a cloth for Julia. He then fights the pilot with his tonfas and knocks off his mask, revealing him to be Gosterro. Eiji sees that Gosterro is alive, although he’s been turned into a cyborg as a result of his injuries. Eiji addresses Le Cain and requests a one-on-one fight with Gosterro. If Gosterro wins, Le Cain can do what he wishes to them, but if Eiji wins, he leaves them alone. Eiji mounts Layzner when it arrives and orders Rei to scan the Daljan for a tactical assessment. Gosterro slams into Eiji and accuses him of being naïve. Eiji evades and attacks with his knuckle shot, but Gosterro dodges. As they fight in midair, Gosterro threatens to break Eiji’s bones. The Daljan puts strain on Layzner’s joints, but Eiji breaks free and attacks from above, severing part of the Daljan’s left arm. Gosterro then attacks with a lasered buzzsaw, putting Eiji on the defensive. Eiji is hit by the buzzsaw and crashes to the ground, so he disperses a smoke cloud and has Rei transfer energy to the knuckle shot to beat down the Daljan. Eiji and Gosterro dismount, and Le Cain shoots near Gosterro’s feet, telling him to stop being an embarrassment. Le Cain and his men then retreat, so Eiji turns his attention to Julia. She tells him that despite what happened in the past, she has something she has to do now and says goodbye. David asks Eiji if he knows her, but Eiji says nothing.
A new plot element is introduced and some old characters return after being absent for a while. The holy maiden of Cuzco has been making waves with a message pleading for peaceful coexistence between Earthlings and Gradosians. Le Cain is all about subjugating Earthlings, so he’s obviously not down with that dovish philosophy and tries to stamp it out. The maiden is quite the sensation in New York, freezing Gradosian soldiers in their tracks. The bigger surprise is that she’s Julia, who was last seen in 1996 when her Bloodykaisar crashed into the ocean. At this point, no explanation is given for how she got from there to her current position. Her reveal triggers anger in Gosterro, who is still alive and part of the Death Demon Squad. He’s been turned into a creepy cyborg, and if it’s possible, seems even crazier than before. He gets beaten down by Eiji, which is sure to drive him even more mad. Le Cain now has problems on two fronts: Eiji’s armed resistance and Julia’s passive peace movement. I’m sure his response will only further inflame tensions.