The Yeerks have discovered and repaired a damaged Helmacron ship. They know of its morph-seeking capabilities, and they plan to use the ship to capture the "Andalite bandits." And to find Elfangor's blue cube. The one that gave the kids the ability to morph.
Cassie, the other Animorphs, and Ax are in a pretty bad situation because they can't leave the cube in one place, they can't morph without being discovered, and they have to keep moving. It looks like this may be a battle the Visser can't lose...
The Yeerks repair a downed Helmacron ship and use its sensors to track the Escafil Device and the Animorphs morphing abilities. Cassie is forced to relocate the Escafil Device. During the process, a Cape buffalo and an ant inadvertently gain the morphing ability. The buffalo morphs Chapman and begins to learn speech, and the ant morphs Cassie. Cassie kills the ant when it demorphs, and near the end of the book the buffalo is killed by a Dracon beam.
|Morpher||Morphs acquired||Morphs used|
|Jake||--||Seagull, Wolf, Siberian Tiger, Fly, Bottlenose Dolphin|
|Rachel||--||Seagull, Wolf, Grizzly Bear, Fly, Bottlenose Dolphin|
|Cassie||African Cape Buffalo (Aka)||African Cape Buffalo, Wolf, Fly, Osprey, Humpback Whale|
|Marco||--||Seagull, Wolf, Silverback Gorilla, Fly, Bottlenose Dolphin|
|Tobias||--||Fly, Bottlenose Dolphin|
|Ax||--||Seagull, Fly, Bottlenose Dolphin|
|Aka||Human (Hedrick Chapman), Andalite (Alloran-Semitur-Corrass)||Human (Hedrick Chapman), Andalite (Alloran-Semitur-Corrass)|
|Cassie-Ant||Human (Cassie)||Human (Cassie)|
- The front cover quote is, "To morph or not to morph? That is the question...."
- The inside front cover quote is, "Where the buffalo roam..."
- Anibase: The buffa-human is a cape buffalo that Cassie happens to end up near while on the run from the Yeerks. Somehow, it acquires the morphing power from the blue box and, while on a rampage, accidentally acquires Chapman. Suddenly, it's turning into a human. Confused, it follows the Animorphs blindly -- also confusing Cassie, who can't bring herself to destroy such an innocent creature. The Yeerks, though, have no such qualms....