When Carmen tries to steal some treasures from industrialist Malcolm Avalon she discovers a painting representing her mother. At the same time Lee Jordan takes the decision to become the new leader of V.I.L.E.
Maelstrom, a thief who was caught by Carmen during her time as ACME-detective, escapes from prison, swearing revenge on her.
The Chief manages to convince the local sheriff to free Zack and Ivy. They meet up with Carmen again and pursue Maelstrom. Maelstrom begins to steal items and frames Carmen for their thefts! He wants to ruin her reputation as a thief with a conscience.