Almost nothing could be as bad as finding out your mother is Visser One. The most powerful of all Vissers. The leader of the Yeerk invasion of Earth. But it happened to Marco. And even though he's been handling it pretty well, he knew there'd come a time when he'd have to face her again. Knowing that the Yeerk in her brain had taken his mother away.
So when Marco, the other Animorphs, and Ax discover that Visser One is overseeing a secret underwater project, they know they have to check it out. But Marco's not sure if this is a battle he'll be able to fight...
Detailed Plot SummaryEdit
The Animorphs, including Tobias and Ax in their human morphs, are at this restaurant called the Amazon Cafe in a new mega mall that had been built on a mission which Cassie spearheaded, the Amazon Cafe has real parrots, are they're treated badly and she wants to save them, so Marco gave her the idea to morph into parrots and insult the food and the customers. A young woman then comes and puts the parrots in a cage while their perches are being cleaned. Jake, Rachel, Marco, and Cassie follow her into the back while Tobias and Ax stay behind as back-up. She puts them in a storage room and they soon enter, Cassie takes each one out and gives them to the others and they accquire the DNA of the parrots.
Their friend and ally, Erek the Chee, waits until the Animorphs are done with their prank and until Jake and Marco are walking away through the mall. Erek then extends his hologram around them, explaining that everyone else is just seeing a group of security guards talking so that way he can talk with them privately.
Visser One has returned to Earth and is overseeing a new project that's being run from the waters around Royan Island. They don't know what it is, but it must be huge if Visser One is overseeing it, and Visser Three not quite happy about that.
A new alien race of Controllers called Leerans are on Royan Island and the next day after school, Marco is out in the woods with Ax and he asks him about the Leerans. Ax tells Marco that Leerans are an aquatic sentient race of amphibians that live on a planet that has more water than land, much like Earth, and they are psychic, they're capable of reading minds within close range, which makes them dangerous because they could know technological, military, and even personal secrets. Marco tells him what Erek told him and Jake, which puzzles Ax because the Yeerks could never invaded the Leeran homeworld like they're doing with Earth, they would instantly know if a Leeran was a Controller. But if they could make Leerans into Controllers, they would have psychic Controllers. They would be able to root out spies like the Chee and even know the truth of the so-called "Andalite bandits."
Marco later tells Jake that they have to find out what the Yeerks were doing at Royan Island
Tobias can acquire a dolphin
After getting a seagull morph for Ax, everyone, except for Tobias, fly out to The Gardens
Tobias dives down to the tank, where one of the dolphins jumps into the air and he strikes it, but he gets his talons stuck in the dolphin's rubbery skin and goes for a ride with the dolphin through the water. He acquires the dolphin's DNA, but it doesn't go into a trance. Marco divebombs down and knocks Tobias free.
Marco knows what's coming their way: hammerhead sharks
they don't attack the wounded shark
They later meet out in the woods beyond Cassie's barn where they talk about the sharks
Ax explains that after looking at pictures of a shark's internal structure, there was no way a Yeerk could infest a shark's brain
at an aquarium called Ocean World, where they have a shark tank, which includes one big hammerhead shark
they walk towards the fish tanks
Tobias tells them someone is coming. They leap over the bushes and hide, but Ax
the captain is a Controller. The first guard wants to know what's going on, but the captain
Ax slices into the tank, causing the pressure to crack the tank and hundreds of gallons of water start flooding out, Marco is knocked off his feet and sent down the tunnel and being seperated from everyone else. He
Marco goes to the pool in the school's gym, which was empty at the time. After changing into his swimwear, he jumps into the pool and starts to morph the hammerhead,
Just then, two bullies named Drake and Woo jump into the pool
staring at Woo's neck
getting the urge to bite into it and rip his throat out
freaking out Woo
Ax and Tobias were able to control the hammerhead's mind and instincts faster than the others because Ax has experience being a shark and the shark's predatory instincts are not so different from a hawk's, which made it easier for Tobias.
A giant yellow sea serpent, accompanied by Hork-Bajir in SCUBA gear
drill a hole in their heads a put in a brain-control implant
Marco, Tobias, and Ax
the Leeran tells Visser One that its not an Andalite, but a Human
she thinks that he's talking about how a gorilla looks like a human
but before the Leeran can say another word, Marco knocks him out cold
sets off the self-destruct sequence
the Visser rears back and tries again
Visser swallows Ax but keeps him in its mouth
Rachel grabs his midsection and tells him to let Ax go
Marco punches into his snout and Visser backs out
Marco sees the Leeran heading for his mother, but he doesn't know what the Leeran will do to her because he was being thrown into the dock and sank down into the water.
Contributions to the Series' Story ArcEdit
- Leerans and Leera are introduced.
- Visser One briefly returns to Earth and the other Animorphs learn that Visser One's host body is Marco's mother, Eva.
- Visser One and Eva
- Visser Three
- Leeran-Controllers (First Appearance)
- Various Hork-Bajir, Taxxon and Human-Controllers
- Hammerhead Shark-Controllers
|Morpher||Morphs acquired||Morphs used|
|Jake||Parrot, Hammerhead Shark||Parrot, Seagull, Bottlenose Dolphin, Hammerhead Shark, Fly, Siberian Tiger|
|Rachel||Parrot, Hammerhead Shark||Parrot, Seagull, Bottlenose Dolphin, Hammerhead Shark, Fly, Grizzly Bear|
|Cassie||Parrot, Hammerhead Shark||Parrot, Seagull, Bottlenose Dolphin, Hammerhead Shark, Fly, Wolf|
|Marco||Parrot, Hammerhead Shark||Parrot, Seagull, Bottlenose Dolphin, Hammerhead Shark, Fly, Osprey, Silverback Gorilla|
|Tobias||Bottlenose Dolphin, Hammerhead Shark||Human, Bottlenose Dolphin, Hammerhead Shark|
|Ax||Seagull, Hammerhead Shark||Human, Seagull, Tiger Shark, Hammerhead Shark, Fly, Northern Harrier|
|Visser Three||--||Unnamed Yellow Sea Serpent Creature|
- The cover quote is, "The Yeerks are out there...."
- The inside cover quote is, "Talk about a shark attack...."
- This is the second book in which all six of the Animorphs acquire the same new morph.
- This marks the first book where the Animorphs begin to talk to Visser Three and the other Yeerks directly; prior to this Ax had always acted as their 'spokesperson' in case they said or did something that would give away their non-Andalite natures, but here Rachel directly addresses Visser Three when he attempts to eat Ax while in snake morph (Marco also speaks to him, but given that he spoke as he was punching Visser Three's snake form the Visser may have been unconscious before he registered what Marco was saying to him). Cassie has spoken before, though only briefly. This is the book when the walls come down and they decide to take the risk of speaking directly.
- The Leeran homeworld is referred to as Leeran in this book, but in Book #18: The Decision, it is actually called Leera.