While travelling through a forest of trees which were once active Invid Flowers of Life, the Robotech rebels run afoul of a group of primitive outcasts. The tribe has canonized the aliens as their sacred protectors. They pray and make offerings to the Invid as if they were gods. Somehow Scott manages to convince them that the Invid are enemies. He helps them to regain their humanity. Their encounter is not without cost. Young Annie, ever on the lookout for a husband of property, believes she has found one in a young warrior named Macgruder. It's love at first sight for the mercenary-minded girl. "Hold your horses, Annie," she says to herself. "If you play your cards right, this guy could make you a jungle princess...or a queen....Who knows? They might even make you a goddess!"
She almost loses her catch when he decides to take on the Invid all by himself in order to prove his manhood. Annie determines to help him. It's obvious Macgruder is unable to handle even the simplest situation without her assistance. They hijack Rand's cyclone and, luckily, manage to create a diversion that allows the others to destroy the attacking aliens.
Afterwards, with the help of the grateful tribe, Scott and the others build a flotilla of rafts to move themselves and their mecha downriver. Annie elects to stay behind with her newfound security. The group is unhappy to see her go but don't try to stop her. They're sure Annie will be safer with the tribe anyway.
As they travel down the river, Rand breaks the melancholy silence that has enveloped them since their departure. "Oh, come on. Why the long faces, everybody? You all look like your puppy just died. Pull yourselves together. It's really a blessing Annie's gone. I mean, now we don't have to worry about that little bundle of energy getting herself into trouble. With her gone, us big kids are free to get on with some serious freedom fighting."
"You're as transparent as glass," Rook jeers. "You put on a brave front, but you miss her as much as the rest of us. Admit it."
Further comment is put aside as the rafts land and the group comes face to face with a strange Invid hive. It is surrounded by mecha that they've never seen before. Knowing the ingenious aliens as they do, they can't help but feel that they're about to battle with some of the most powerful weapons they've ever faced.
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