Defenders...no more? It sure looks like it, as Iron Man shuts down New Jersey's Initiative team, and Nighthawk's dreams of redemption. But when the diabolical U-MAN threatens humanity, Nighthawk finds the best Defenders money can buy: Paladin, Junta and Atlas! Meanwhile, what role does Damien Hellstrom play? And who has he sought out to advise him in his journey? A strange connection to the Defenders' past appears!