Heading up the newly formed VPD task force to track down Liber8, Kiera briefs her team on each of terrorist group's members. Their leader is ex-Special Forces member Travis and his lover, Sonya Valentine, a former military doctor with a frighteningly high IQ. Lucas serves as the genius but arrogant tech whiz while Curtis dishes out psychopathic brute force. Jasmine heads up weapons and transportation and Kellog is the group's wildly persuasive, silver-tongued con artist. The most elusive member of course, is their real leader, Edouard Kagame.
When Travis's health begins to decline without his regular dosing of growth serum, Sonya is desperate to get him his serum by any means possible. Sensing the balance is about to shift with Curtis eyeing Travis' leadership role, Kellog heads out from the Liber8 hideout.
As Kiera sits down to coffee in the morning, she is surprised by Kellog suddenly appearing at her table. He with grenade in hand and she with gun aimed at him under the table, Kellog offers to share information with her in an effort to protect for their futures for their mutual survival. When Carlos arrives, Kellog makes a hasty exit.
Carlos and Kiera head to the morgue to investigate a pair of murders whose victims share strange wounds, where their pituitary glands have been surgically removed with precision technology that doesn't appear to exist in 2012. After meeting with the medical examiner, they figure out that these glands can be harvested to create human growth hormone. They work to determine what their two male victims have in common.
As Travis's condition worsens, Curtis and Kellog are on edge about each other's longevity within the group. In an effort to insure his survival, Kellog offers to set up Kiera in a trap. When Curtis confronts him about what he's up to, the two end up in a tense standoff at gunpoint.
As Kiera struggles with the slow pace of 2012 database searches, she enlists Alec's help to find what the victims share in common. She learns they were both sperm donors at the same fertility clinic. Their investigation hits another slowing roadblock when they must sort through dozens of boxes of paper records from the fertility clinic. With the prospect of their search taking several hours, Kiera uses her CMR to quickly scan their DNA records to make a match to their next potential victim.
Their search leads them to an area university. Kiera goes to investigate the student's dorm room while Carlos heads to his dormitory kitchen. When Kiera discovers that their potential victim withdrew from the school a semester before, Kiera realizes that they've been set up in a trap. Cur Curtis, holding Kellog hostage, ambushes Carlos in the kitchen. The pair exchange gunfire as Kellog makes his escape. As Kiera runs to Carlos' location, she sees Kellog running out of the building. She tags him with her weapon from the future, able to track his location.
When guns fail, Curtis and Carlos engage in a brutal fight, Curtis nearly beating Carlos within an inch of his life. When Carlos is knocked unconscious, Kiera and Curtis fight bitterly for control of her gun. As they fight, Curtis short circuits her battle suit with a live wire. When he tries to fire her own gun against her, the user-recognition technology of her weapon determines that the wrong person is trying to use her gun. It shocks and kills Curtis. As backup arrives, Carlos takes the heat for Curtis' death to protect Kiera.
Back at the Liber8 hideout, Sonya injects Travis with the growth serum. He begins to recover immediately. When Kellog arrives, Sonya realizes Kellog has been tagged with a homing beacon by the Protector. Their location threatened, they have to take drastic measures to ensure their safety.
With her battle suit shorted out, Kiera needs Alec's help to locate Kellog. They find him abandoned and tied up at the Liber8 hideout. He revisits his offer from earlier in the day, having delivered Curtis into her hands. After promising that he has no intention of hurting her, she unties him. They both realize that they've been set up in a trap by Liber8 as Kellog gets up, he releases a pressure-sensitive bomb. They run out of the building with seconds to spare as the building blows up.
With the message from Liber8 loud and clear to Kellog about his betrayal, he flees the scene. Kiera meanwhile buys some insurance for her own future survival by breaking into the evidence locker at the precinct and stealing the missing piece from the quantum time jump device.