On Moghal Island, Looten Plunder plans to open a factory and hires Dr. Blight to use her cloning-ray to give him many workers so he won't have to pay them much. The Planeteers don't know exactly what the two are planning as go to investigate, but after they arrive and meet an ambitious but unappreciated local girl named Leela, they're just in time to see her lazy brother Vico captured. Blight and Plunder didn't get to keep their first test-subject, a locust, to see how and what would happen when it clones, but use the ray on Vico anyway. The Planeteers and Leela get him out, and later see that eating causes him to double in number. In a society where males are favored, his parents are delighted to have twin then quadruplet sons. But the Planeteers must go after the swarm of locusts and stop Plunder's getting the clone Vicos to work for him (paid with food), since both the insects and the boys threaten the island with their rapidly-increasing hunger as they multiply... Written by
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Ah, what a beautiful island. Just the place for a flarme-thrower factory. 'Cept, where are the workers you promised me?
You worry about *your* end of the business. When I'm through with my experiment, you'll have more workers than you can handle.
[laughing, presses a button that sends an energy ray toward a device on the ceiling, whose beam shoots down near them, causing them to retreat
You'd better get a handle on that *beam*. It's not supposed to be a death-ray.