Directed by Dr. Faustus' conditioning, a group of missing S.H.I.E.L.D. agents have opened fire on a crowd of unarmed civillians. In one swoop, the Red Skull has paralyzed the agency, while clearing way for his greater plans to proceed.
With Black Widow's help, James desperately seeks the Red Skull's true motivation in all of the chaos. But with the Skull's forces positioned in Washington DC in the guise of a private security firm hired to help protect our nation's capital, can he uncover the truth while trying to prevent civillian casualties?