Fifteen years later, the first graduating class of the United Earth Forces Military Academy prepares to carry on in the tradition of the officers and crew of the SDF-1. The descendants of the Zentraedi Holocaust are tough breed. Earth is not the pleasant planet it used to be. Although several cities have been rebuilt, including New Macross City, many of them have had to be sealed off to avoid radiation contamination. The current feudal society is unstable, made up of human beings who have survived all but insurmountable odds in the face of the alien invasion. For the most part, they are an aggressive and suspicious lot.
However, everyone is cheerful at the close graduation ceremonies. Everyone except Bowie Grant, Claudia Grant's nephew. Bowie is a musician. He doesn't feel that the military way of life is his true vocation. Fellow graduate Lieutenant Dana Sterling senses his depression. In an effort to buoy his spirits, she tells him the story of how her parents, Max and Miriya Sterling, met and fell in love. "There's a lot more to the military life than just maneuvers," she concluded. Although heartened by her story, Bowie remains unconvinced.
Their discussion is interrupted by an emergency alert. It is not a drill. The Robotech Masters have arrived in force. They have traced the lost protoculture factory to Earth.
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