The irrepressible and ingenious Dana Sterling leads her squad in a practice drill while the Southern Cross goes from red to yellow alert. The green troop runs afoul of seasoned combat veterans led by Lieutenant Marie Crystal. The verbal battle dissolves into physical conflict and, after leading the military police on a wild chase through Monument City, Dana finds herself thrown in the brig to reconsider her behavior in solitary confinement. Later, Dana is berated by Colonel Alan Fredericks. She has not exercised conduct becoming either an officer or daughter of war heroes. The young woman begs for another chance.
Fredericks agrees to give her one more opportunity to prove herself. Dana is released in time to lead her squad into their first official combat.
The initial confrontation between earth Defense and the Robotech Masters result in a draw. The aliens are stunned. They had been certain they would recover their lost protoculture factory with little effort. They did not reckon on the strong fighting spirit demonstrated by the Southern Cross Defense Corps.
Because of her splendid efforts against enemy forces, Dana is directed to take command of the 15th Squadron. Their previous commander, Captain Sean Phillips, is demoted to private second class for yet another of many indiscretions – this particular one involving a colonel's daughter. Sean takes the setback in good-natured stride. Meanwhile, Dana is troubled by visions of an alien being she has seen.
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