Flashback! We’re at Charlie’s Dad’s work. Charlie is playing with a basketball while Mom and baby Danny wait for Dad to pick something up from his office. A stranger in a three-piece suit smelling of desperation shows up and takes Charlie aside in a threatening manner to get Rachel’s attention. He wants their food – all of it.
Back in the…future…Charlie catches up with Miles. He wants her to go away but Charlie needs to make him understand. She has to find Danny because he is her responsibility. After their mom died, she never let her little brother out of her sight and the one time she did, he got kidnapped. So it’s her fault and she needs to find him, period. Miles’ entire life has become resignation and sword fights at this point so he agrees.
Aaron gives Maggie the necklace Charlie’s dad gave him for safekeeping. He has to bring the amulet/computer drive to a woman named Grace Beaumont in Grant Park, Illinois. Aaron points out that if they got this to Grace, maybe they could get the power back on. And Maggie would be able to get back to her kids.
Ohhh – and Grace Beaumont? Is the lady who saved Danny back in the pilot and eventually let him get taken back by the militia. Since she has a similar amulet and a hidden computer link in her attic, I’m thinking getting to her is a really good idea. But will Aaron and Maggie go their own way, leaving Charlie and Miles to rescue Danny?
Looks like Aaron is hepped up on this idea of getting to Grace. The blackout has never, ever made sense to his scientific mind and if this thing is man-made then that means they can fix it and turn the power back on.
At the funeral of the dead soldier, Danny discovers some balls and decides to call Captain Tom a murderer and various other detrimental names, which seems an odd choice given “Cap’s” body count thus far. Captain Tom is not happy with that lip, though he doesn’t kill young Floppy Hair. Maybe he’s just excited he has a personality now and the trip won’t be so boring.
Miles and Charlie come upon some unfortunate souls pulling a helicopter through the woods. One of the prisoners is Nora, the woman Miles has been trying to find. He and Charlie stage a nighttime rescue of Nora, who apparently doesn’t want to be rescued from her non-locked shackles. Miles won’t take no for an answer and makes Nora come with.
Apparently Nora was arrested on purpose and was on the chain gang to try to steal the sniper rifle the militia is using to kill off tired prisoners. Nora doesn’t like Charlie (this girl needs real friends) but, because of secret reasons, she is going to go with Miles and help them. After she steals the rifle though.
No one thinks Charlie can be the decoy (or do some violence) but she persuades them to use her. Flashing back to when that man grabbed her to try to get her family’s food supply, Charlie marches up to the militia and follows the plan Miles and Nora laid out. With the remembrance of her mild-mannered father shooting the man who was going to starve his wife and children playing in her mind, Charlie takes the next step in hero-dom. She kills both the guards.