(Dutch: Het Volk van de Woestijn; Alternate English title: The People of the Plains)
Art by Don Lawrence & Script by Dick Matena
Hanyin and his goon reveal that the Directors of the United Cities plan for the "white people" (or Desert People) to be hypno slaves used to construct the new settlements for them. Hanyin figures they can delay the Prof and use the hypno slaves to empty the cortite mines before then. The Prof, hearing all this via surveillance, is none too happy that his new race will be slaves.
Meanwhile, Ember wakes up and manages to escape thanks to a drunken would-be rapist. She forces him at gun point to take her to Storm. On their way up in the elevator tube, Hanyin sees them and realizes something is up. He shoots the controls and causes the elevator to stop.
Ember won't be detered. She forces the guard to climb out through the elevator's roof and:
They make it to the top, but they're met by the Boss Hanyin. Ember tries to use the guard as a shield, but the Boss just shoots him. Still, Ember is faster:
Ember makes her way into the mines and locates Storm, but a guard gets the drop on her. He's about to put a hypno spot on her. Then, Storm turns and fires his laser drill at the guards back!
Ember runs to him, but his blank expression and stiff movements show he's still being controlled. He picks her up and carries her to a heli-jet. The Prof watches them approach on his viewscreen.
TO BE CONTINUED