Begins with Alex going to meet Herod Sayle. Herod is playing snooker with a footstool because he’s so short. Alex bets Herod – 100 dollars a point for Herod and 100 hours of labor for Alex. Alex wins game.
Alex eats dinner with Herod.
Herod tells them they’re eating goat, that he reminds him of Ian Rider and asks What he was doing when he was snooping.
Alex wakes up at 1:30.
Jumps in back of truck.
Stops at beach where submarine emerges.
Yassen emerges from submarine.
Unload boxes from submarine.
Guard drops box. Yassen shoots him.
Alex jumps back into truck with boxes.
Tries to open box and can’t get it open.
Ends with submarine disappearing under water.
Chapter 10: Death in the Long Grass (Hero Escapes Death #1)
Begins with Alex oversleeping.
Vole tells him to take a walk to the village in the afternoon. Gets message from Blunt that they don’t recognize diagram from Ian. Works on Stormbreaker again.
Leaves for walk and sees Grin making a phone call.
Fake sign leads him off path.
Four wheelers try to kill him.
Lets one bike run into electric fence.
Takes that bike and faces off with gun-yielding second bike. Plays a game of chicken – straight on collision while other guy shooting. Other guy loses control and goes off cliff. Drives bike into Port Tallon.
Ends with Alex thinking only luck and an electric fence had kept him alive.
Chapter 11: Dozmary Mine (Figures Out Clue #1 which leads to Scrape #4)
Begins with Alex visiting Port Tallon library.
Librarian tells him that uncle wanted book on computer viruses and then later asked for Cornwall history and looked at book on shelf CL. Alex realizes diagram in room referenced a book on shelf CL. Finds book and realizes that diagram fits over map of mine under Sayle Enterprises. Buys supplies and then rides four-wheeler to mine entrance.
Follows route to submerged shaft. Finds wet suit and swims through shaft. Ends with Alex thinking that trail left by dead man could leave to a grave.
Chapter 12: Behind the Door (Mystery solved – hero captured)
Begins with Alex reaching end of submerged tunnel and seeing light from lab behind door. Alex finds way prepared by Ian Rider and drops into lab.
Figures out that bio-virus is being loaded into every Stormbreaker. He sees Yassen.
Gets surprised by guard. Downs him with karate kick.
Tries to get out of lab. Alarm sounds. He’s chased. He escapes. Runs back to his room for his weapons.
Grin is outside his door.
They engage in karate battle and Alex loses.
Ends with Alex hitting the floor.
Chapter 13: The School Bully (Denouement - Dastardly plot revealed)
Begins with “them” coming for him.
Flashes back to night spent handcuffed to radiator in old coal cellar. Sayle interrogates Alex and Alex tells all.
Sayle tells all – bullied by prime minister at school, explains plot. Tells Alex he will be tortured and killed by Grin when Grin returns. Ends with Alex being left alone.
Chapter 14: Deep Water (Hero Escapes Death #2)
Begins with Alex giving up trying to break free from chair he’s handcuffed to. Vole comes in and unchains him. Tells him she’s on his side. They go in search of a telephone.
Tricks him into going into first door on right alone.
Door is a slide into jellyfish aquarium.
Vole and Grin come in and taunt Alex, using special telephone. Record is 5.5 hours alive with jellyfish. Vole turns on artificial current to stimulate the jellyfish. Tries rocks on the bottom of aquarium and finds out they’re imbedded in concrete. Has a close call with jellyfish.
Alex remembers zit cream and runs it down metal seams of aquarium. Glass explodes and jellyfish lands on Vole.
Alarm goes off.
Realizes he only has one hour until virus will be released.
Hears plane and looks out window - sees plane about to take off. Forms a plan and runs out.
Chapter 15: Eleven o’clock (Execution of Plan, Part 1)
Begins with Alex figuring out best way to get on plane.
Karate chops guard with harpoon gun from aquarium and steals gun and jeep of guard. Chased by two guards – he dodges and guards shoot each other. Harpoons plane, winches up and climbs in.
Finds out Grin is pilot.
Orders Grin to fly plane to Science Museum.
Grin sits there.
Alex fires gun into floor of plane at Grin’s feet.
Ends with Grin turning plane.
Chapter 16: Twelve o’clock (Execution of Plan, Part II)
Begins with “London appeared.”
Flashes back on plans considered and abandoned by Alex during flight plan decided on. Alex parachutes.
Grin tries to run him over with plane while Alex suspended by parachute. Learn Alex had anticipated this and left smoke bomb on plane. Alex deactivates smoke bomb with remote control. Plane crashes.
Cuts to speech going on in Science Museum. Sets scene.
Prime minister gets ready to click mouse to activate virus. Clock strikes 12. Cuts back to Alex in parachute. Alex hears clock strike 12.
Crash lands into roof of Science Museum and hangs from ceiling. Takes out gun and shoots mouse, prime minister’s hand on mouse, electrical connection of computer, and two shots into Sayle as he tried to activate computer himself. Drops gun and puts hands in air.
Jones orders everyone to hold fire.
Smoke billows out of ruined Stormbreaker.
Rush prime minister to safety and seal exits.
Ends with discovery of Sayle’s disappearance.
Chapter 17: Yassen (Story wrap-up and Hero Escapes Death #3 and Learns Enemy is not out to get him – (Escapes Death #4?)
Begins with Blunt congratulating Alex for job well done.
Jones outlines cover-up.
Finds out virum was lethal smallpox-like disease.
Sayle in hiding but will find him.
Yassen was working for Sayle’s sponsors. He escaped.
Alex gets cover story for his absence – flu – and gets ordered back to school. Blunt says they will need him again.
Alex hails cab driven by Sayle.
Sayle holds Alex hostage and makes him go up to roof of M16 building. Sayle says he’s leaving England in approaching helicopter and that he’s going to kill Alex. Helicopter pilot shoots Sayle. It’s Yassen.
Yassen gets out and inspects body.
Alex asks him why he killed Sayle. He says he kills according to instructions. Alex tells Yassen he will kill him.
Yassen says go ahead and try but killing is for grown-ups. He tells him to go back to school. Yassen flies off. He salutes Alex before he leaves.
Ends with Alex watching Yassen fly off into sunset.