The book starts with a preface from Jerbal Argon, indicating that the book is a report on Artemis Fowl II's behavior,
commissioned by the Lower Elements Police. The preface provides some background information, as well as the
motives behind Artemis Fowl II's actions in the last and current book.
After a quick flashback to the kidnapping of Artemis I, the book has Artemis Fowl II undergoing a largely unsuc-
cessful counseling session at the fictional Saint Bartleby's School for Young Gentlemen. (It is mentioned that Artemis
had already retired several counselors.) It is interrupted when Butler calls, informing Artemis that a MPEG-1 movie
file containing footage of the missing Artemis Fowl I had been emailed to him and that the Russian Mafia were likely
responsible. A rescue operation immediately commences.
Meanwhile, the Lower Elements Police are investigating a B'wa Kell smuggling operation. Artemis Fowl II is the
primary suspect for supplier of the contraband, so Captain Holly Short is sent to detain him for questioning. When
Fowl and Butler are proven innocent, Commander Julius Root strikes a deal with Artemis: If they help him find the
smugglers' supplier, he and Holly would aid in Artemis Fowl I's rescue.
The third-person narration switches back and forth constantly, allowing the reader to understand more of what is going
on. Opal Koboi and Briar Cudgeon are revealed to be the masterminds of the smuggling operation, with the
mesmerized Luc Carrère supplying the contraband.
After Butler succeeds in taking out Carrère, with Artemis's side of the deal done, they proceed on to the rescue mission.
Foaly manages to trace the spiked email to Mikhael Vassikin, an ex-KGB agent now working for the Mafia in Lenin
Prospekt, Russia. Short, Root, Butler, and Artemis immediately begin the operation.
The rescue group is then ambushed by a goblin hit squad, and the group shelters beneath an overhang. Butler realizes it
was a trap, so he pushes Holly and Artemis out just before the overhang collapse