Perry Rhodan and Nemo Partijan launch with MIKRU-JON to explore the area around the Orontes planet, because probes can not penetrate the atmosphere raging in the hyper-physical chaos. The mousebeaver Gucky with Sinaid Velderbilt and Rynol Cog-Laar go into the underground of Orontes in search of further possible threats to MIKRU-JON and the in need of repair CHISHOLM on the surface. Furthermore Gucky has problems to use his skills as normal, probably because of paraflickers. Radio communications is disrupted by the surrounding rock - the deeper the group go, the stronger the disruption to radio communication which eventually become completely stuck.
At the same time, there are several groups of death wrestlers - caterpillar-like creatures that are supported by ancient exoskeletons - on the way to the surface to kill the invaders. This is done primarily out of fear of the "world scourge," which devastated their world and almost eradication her people a long time ago. They live in nine clans, each spearheaded by a respective clan mother, and aim to strike in fear of the world scourge. Their whole thinking is influenced by a variety of fears and taboos and gradually the failures in the technology they use, because they do not understand it any more. The arrival of the Galactics is the worst imaginable case for them. They think the strangers could cause the return of the world scourge. Since all old combat robots have been destroyed by the strangers, the clan mothers have posted 200 death wrestlers in several groups to destroy the newcomers.
To one of these groups includes the young death wrestler, Awkurow. Like all creatures of his kind, he has a paragift. He can withdraw ambient heat and solidify any object into ice. When his group encountered the three Galaktics, the different paragifts are used in coordination. The death wrestlers are very surprised to find Gucky an opponent who can defend himself against them by the same means, while Rynol must only play on his musical instrument to neutralize the forces of death wrestlers. Awkurow dares an unauthorized single handedl move, but is ultimately defeated like his companions. Surprisingly, the strangers refrain from killing Awkurow and his companions. On the contrary, as soon as the translators work, Gucky and the Ertruserin ask asylum for all Galactics. Just in time Gucky espered the genuine plan that the death wrestlers pursue. They want to bring a volcano in the immediate vicinity of the two crash-landed space ships into outbreak and thus destroy the Galactics.
Of this, the crew members of both ships guessed nothing of course, they also have their own problems. The Mehandor patriarch Tongger Feszak is the troublemaker and campaigned against Perry Rhodan. Heatha Nero Verde keeps him under scrutiny and realizes that he is guided only by fear. The paraflicker provides a further deterioration in Lor-Eli Alucc's condition, and Ramoz is now almost completely covered by the growths of his "leggings". Nemo Partijan assumes that Ramoz is indeed protected by the growths against the paraflicker, but at the same time that they deprive him of too much energy.
Gucky succeeds in persuading Awkuro to lead him to his clan mother Syb. This appears reasonable and causes the termination of the attacks. The Galactics may for the time being remain on Orontes - that Gucky has offered the death wrestlers a technology transfer, may have played a role in this decision. Awkurow is orderd as a mediator between the death wrestlers and Galactics and includes an accommodation in MIKRU-JON. He is supervised by Heatha Nero Verde.
Through Perry Rhodan's reconnaissance flight with MIKRU-JON it is confirmed that in the matter bridge of Chanda there exists a multi-ethnic community. Apparently everybody battles against everybody else - but all struggle against the Dosanthi. Rhodan wondered whether it would be possible to seal an alliance with one of the other nations against the conquerors of the BASIS. Finally radio transmissions are intercepted by the other tender boats of the BASIS. The corvettes HARL DEPHIN and SENCO AHRAT send energency calls. The ships are only a few hundred light years away and are in trouble ...