Kycilia's ship departs the moon city of Granada, en route to Earth so that she can pay a visit to M'Quve, who is mining resources for the war effort.
Elsewhere, Amuro has parked the Gundam for the night and taken refuge in some of the ruins of a small desert town. As he sits eating in front of his camp stove, he hears the sound of a low aircraft approaching. Startled, he picks up his gun and races to the doorway to see who or what is passing overhead. To his surprise, it isn't an aircraft but the Adzam, with M'Quve and Kycilia Zabi at the helm. Amuro watches it until it passes out of sight.
Meanwhile, White Base sits at the edge of another town. The crew is standing on the bridge and discussing what they'll do with Amuro should he come back. Kai offhandedly remarks that deserters usually get the death sentence, which upsets Fraw Bow. She accuses Kai of being a liar, but unfortunately, Bright says that it's true. Sayla states that they'd execute Amuro if they had to. Fraw can't believe what she's hearing and snaps at everyone. Mirai and Ryu offer consolation, but grudgingly admit that Amuro's actions have been pretty selfish up to that point.
The next morning, Fraw Bow sets off in a go-kart-like utility vehicle to begin to search for Amuro. It isn't long before she finds a set of large footprints in the sand, which lead her to the small town that Amuro is using for his hideout. A cursory search around the town reveals some signs of recent habitation, as well as the Gundam. Fraw stops the utility vehicle and gets out.
From inside his hideout, Amuro hears footsteps approaching. Unaware of who it is, he grabs his gun and takes up a position next to the doorway. Fraw steps in and is startled to find Amuro pointing a gun at her. He, in turn, is startled to see her there. As the two walk to the Gundam, Fraw Bow tries to convince Amuro to come back to White Base, but accidentally lets slip that the punishment for desertion is death. Amuro is convinced that all the crew really cares about and all they really want back is the Gundam. Disgusted, Amuro hops in the Gundam and walks off. Fraw follows in the utility vehicle.
Back on White Base, Kai, Hayato, and Ryu are disassembling, cleaning, and reassembling pistols. Kai complains, but Hayato says that they're not moving until Fraw Bow gets back. Kai wonders if they couldn't just tell her where they're moving to, and is informed that although Central Asia is technically a neutral area, it's still crawling with Zeon and wouldn't be safe for a Federation soldier, never mind a girl like Fraw. Kai mockingly brandishes his pistol, which falls apart.
In the meantime, Fraw is still following Amuro across the desert. Up in the cockpit, Amuro picks up a metallic reaction from nearby and suddenly halts. Fraw, who is not paying attention, crashes her utility vehicle into the Gundam's foot and is flung out. She yells at him, and in response is told to go away. Amuro uses the Gundam to peek over a nearby ridge and spies a large Zeon mining base. Furthermore, up in one of the observation towers stand M'Quve and Kycilia Zabi. Amuro overhears M'Quve and Kycilia's conversation with the radio in the Gundam. Just then, Fraw Bow cuts in, wanting to know what's going on. Amuro tells her, and she says to contact White Base. Amuro says he can't, because if the transmission were to be intercepted, it would be really bad. Instead, he sends Fraw back to White Base in the utility vehicle while he presumably continues his reconnisance.
Back on White Base, Mirai notes that it's been three hours since they last heard from Fraw. The navigators feel uneasy because if White Base continues to sit there, it will almost certainly be detected by the enemy. Bright acknowledges this, but decides to continue to wait. Down belowdecks, some of the crew get to wondering if Amuro's defected to the Zeon. One remarks that they'd treat him like a hero for bringing the Gundam as a gift.
Elsewhere, Amuro continues to spy on the mine, and somehow comes to the conclusion that it is the mine that General Revil wanted to attack on Odessa Day. Amuro looks over the base's armaments, which are sparse, and decides that he can attack the base solo, with just the Gundam. He figures that if he is able to destroy the mine, the Federation Army won't have to mobilize to attack it, and then Bright and Mirai won't bother him anymore. Amuro attacks the mine with his beam rifle.
M'Quve and Kycilia manage to flee the base, and Kycilia, although cross with M'Quve for failing to detect the Gundam, figures this would be an opportune time to test the Adzam's abilities as well as get a good look at the Federation's new mobile suit. Amuro, meanwhile, is tearing the base and its defenses apart with his beam rifle. However, he is caught off-guard by the base's laser turrets, which can appear and disappear seemingly at will. He manages to destroy one by wedging his shield in its blast doors and then stabbing it with a beam sword. But then, the Adzam arrives.
Amuro battles it as best he can, but can't seem to do any damage. The Adzam manages to position itself above him, and it launches a small capsule which breaks open and coats the Gundam in a golden powder. A small, conical device with a whirling propeller then exits the Adzam and, upon reaching a certain altitude, stops and shoots out a number of wires which anchor themselves into the ground in a ring surrounding the Gundam. A current is then run through the wires, which reacts with the coating on the Gundam to immobilize it and drastically raise its surface temperature. In order to cope, the Gundam's computer discharges 98% of the mobile suit's energy.
Meanwhile, Fraw Bow has finally managed to reach White Base, and tells the crew about the mining base. They check their map, and note that the location of the particular mine that she mentioned doesn't exactly match up with the coordinates given by Revil. However, they decide to move forward and check it out anyway.
Back at the mine, Amuro is still fighting the Adzam. M'Quve shuts the current in the wires off, figuring that by now, the Gundam's weak enough to destroy with some well-placed shots. However, Amuro is able to shield himself, surprising both M'Quve and Kycilia, who didn't think he'd be able to move. M'Quve decides to hit the Gundam with another jolt of current, but Amuro destroys the current device before he can. He then proceeds to attack the Adzam. He jumps on top of it and starts tearing it up with a beam javelin while M'Quve frantically tries to shake him off. Kycilia then orders M'Quve to blow up the mining base to protect Zeon's secrets. He complies, surprising Amuro, who can't believe they'd just give up their base so easily. Amuro drops to the ground and watches the Adzam fly away.
Thinking that he's destroyed the base that the Federation wanted to attack on Odessa Day, Amuro gets out of the Gundam and explores the ruins. He descends into the lower level of a half-destroyed building and tries to retrieve data from the computers, but finds that he can't as the data banks have been purged in the attack. It is then that he notices a smoldering scrap of paper on the floor. Amuro picks it up and reads it, realizing to his horror that not only was the destroyed base not the one that Revil was going to attack on Odessa Day but that it's only one of many mines in a large network. Amuro throws the paper down in disgust.
Climbing out of the rubble, Amuro comes across a wounded Zeon soldier. He retrieves some water from a nearby pipe to give to him and then makes him comfortable, handing him a smoke grenade to use to attract help. As he leaves, the soldier gets Amuro's attention and tells him that if he is the pilot of the mobile suit that attacked the base, then he doesn't have enough lives to go easy on the enemy. Noting this, Amuro thanks the man for his advice and leaves.
White Base finally arrives and surveys the smoldering wreckage of the base. The crew is shocked and appalled at the amount of damage done by the Gundam's attack. Mirai remarks that this mining base wasn't even the Zeon's main base, which causes Ryu to remark that because of this, the enemy will be even more entrenched when the time comes to attack the actual main base. Fraw is simply dismayed that Amuro even attacked it at all, and flees from the bridge. She jumps into the utility vehicle and speeds away from White Base, tears in her eyes, to look for Amuro and ask him "why?".