MULDER RACES TO GET TO THE SITE OF A DOWNED UFO BEFORE THE GOVERNMENT DOES.
Whatever fell to earth in a fiery explosion in the woods is the focus for two searches: Mulder's one-man expedition, and a highly secret UFO retrieval team. The government team quickly sets up a cover story, a base camp and a trap for the fugitive alien. But the only thing they trap is Mulder, to the chagrin of both the military and the Bureau. Scully is sent to bring him home to a tribunal. But Mulder discovers an unlikely ally in Max Fenig, a UFO true believer whose enthusiasm contrasts with Scully's insistence that the cover story is genuine. She changes her mind, however, when she sees firsthand the radiation burns suffered by soldiers when the being attacks them. Angry at the lies and the coverup, she aids Mulder when he discovers that Max is more than a simple UFO fan, with secrets even he does not know he holds. When a mysterious force takes over Max's body, Mulder is sole witness to a remarkable abduction. But only the intervention of his patron, Deep Throat, can save Mulder's career when charges are brought against him.