Azalyn decides to go back to her childhood home on planet Ashran for some well deserved time off. The planet itself hasn't changed much since she lived there, but its inhabitants have and they have a grudge against the Raalgon Empire.
Kojiro's been called to serve as a test pilot for a new UPSF fighter prototype. However, during his first test flight with another test pilot, an encounter with Raalgon fighters puts them both and danger.
A breakthrough in powered armor has been uncovered, the Type-96 Newtype. Andressen is unnerved when he discovers it was the last thing his friend developed before his tragic death. The military soon learns that this new weapon has a mind of its own.
Christmas Eve is just around the corner and Yuriko decides to see if Tylor would like to spend the holiday with her. Tylor accepts, but quickly finds himself being diverted from his destination by a young boy who is alone on the holiday.
UPSF transport ships on the frontier have been falling prey to strange attacks. Yuriko Star has been brought on to analyze the occurrences, but she soon finds herself the target of a mysterious effort to obscure her investigation.
The mysterious attacks on the frontier have claimed the ship of the recently promoted "Captain" Yamamoto. Returning to the fleet in shame, he struggles to find his resolve as Yuriko begins her search for the cause of the disasters.