Ambushed by the ghul-creature, Onyx attempts to fight it off, but is instead overpowered and bitten; Agent Smint tries to draw it away and is smacked aside for his trouble. The creature seems unfazed by their weapons, and threatens the two wounded investigators – until Dr Cavendish suddenly appears on the scene and drives it off with a burst from his flamethrower! The creature vanishes into the undergrowth between the golf course and the freeway.
Smint grabs the Walkman from the tree, noting that it’s been modified in odd ways. The tape within is lumpy with splices, and plays a strange throbbing beat overlaid with a woman reciting numbers. Abul treats Onyx’s injury with magical healing herbs – but the treatment is painful, and Onyx’s fragile psyche tips over into full-blown paranoia. They lash out at their allies and go chasing after the creature, using their psychic gifts to track it. Meanwhile, Smint gets B Wing to track the creature via satellite surveillance. Both roads lead to the Victorian Indigenous Nurseries Co-operative, a plant nursery located between the golf range and the bridge over the freeway.
Crazed by paranoia, Onyx draws a knife and yells at the VINC staff and customers; they respond by locking the gates to the centre, and screaming in terror when Onyx breaks them down. Smint and Cavendish attempt to calm the civilians – and the police that soon arrive – while Abul and Onyx search the main nursery building for the creature. They find it the hard way – it drops from the ceiling onto Onyx’s back, and despite the power of their psychically enhanced martial-arts, Onyx is badly injured and possibly infected by the creature.
Cavendish realises that penicillin might be the thing to stop the syphilis-tainted monster, but he doesn’t have any with him; he races back to his lab in Northcote, passing two fire engines on the other side of the bridge that appear to be treating a blaze at the nearby Thomas Embling Hospital. Onyx and the ghul continue to fight, but Smint decides on a different tactic – he and Abul tear out the hoses of the nursery’s irrigation system and use them to clothesline and then tie up the creature just as it overpowers Onyx. It’s not enough to hold the monster, but Abul draws a containment pentagram around it to keep it imprisoned long enough for Cavendish to return. He injects the creature with a massive dose of penicillin, which kills it.
In the aftermath, B Wing agents collect the creature’s corpse, but Smint is in trouble with his superiors for drawing attention with his cavalier actions. Onyx is critically injured and possibly infected with fast-acting syphilis, so Cavendish takes them and Abul back to his lab for treatment. The fire engines are still at the hospital, and on the edge of their awareness, Smint and Cavendish keep hearing that strange mix of white noise and numbers…