Rachel's dad wants Rachel to go with him to the famous gymnast. He wants Rachel to move away with him -- as thoughts of "should I or shouldn't I?" run through her head, Ax is being captured by the Yeerks!
Knowing they can't let the Yeerks take another Andalite host, let alone one of their close friends, the Animorphs move in. Unfortunately, it turns out to be a trap, and they're caught in a net and Visser Three began to move in! All seems lost - until a mysterious glowing blue man called an Ellimist shows up, stopping time. He gives them a choice; they can stay and fight or go to another world with their families. After seeing the future, the Animorphs decide to stay and fight to protect the future, even if the war seems futile. The Ellimist informs the Animorphs of a knife they can use to escape. When they are freed, Rachel morphed a Lion to defeat the Controllers while everyone else rescued Ax.