Artemis has arranged a meeting with Holly, Foaly, and Wing Commander Vinyáya on a glacier in Iceland to unveil his invention to stop global warming: the Ice Cube, which creates
fake snow crystals that reflect heat. Artemis appears to be suffering from Atlantis Complex, the fairy equivalent of OCD, and is obsessed with numbers; he believes five is his "lucky
number" and four to be death; he counts his words to be sure that each speech is made of an amount of words of which five is a factor; Holly notices and questions him, but he brushes
off her questions. Things are going well, but during a demonstration of the Ice Cube, they are approached by an unidentified fairy space probe. Artemis suddenly mentally snaps,
accusing Foaly of trying to steal his invention. Holly attempts to subdue him with the mesmer, but they are attacked by the mysterious aircraft. The craft crash lands, hitting a shuttle and
killing Commander Vinyáya and all the LEP backup, leaving only Holly, Foaly and Artemis stranded on the glacier.
The perpetrator is revealed to be Turnball Root, the (as of The Opal Deception) deceased LEP commander Julius Root's reprobate brother. From his prison cell deep in the underwater
city in Atlantis, he has reprogrammed one of Foaly's space probes—the mysterious vessel that attacked Artemis and company—and the deadly amorphobots inside it. In a desperate plan
to escape from prison and reunite with his beloved human wife, he is sending the probe to attack Atlantis so he can escape in the chaos with the help of the amorphobots.
Meanwhile, Artemis's bodyguard Butler is in Mexico. Artemis, who had grown paranoid as a result of the Atlantis Complex, had tricked him into traveling to Cancun by telling him his
sister Juliet, now a famous wrestler with the nickname "Jade Princess", was in danger. Coincidentally, Juliet actually was in danger, and she and Butler barely escape a horde of zombie
wrestling fans remotely mesmerized by Turnball. Despite having lost his magic through committing criminal acts, Turnbal