On the night of the War Widows' Society for Peregrine City Orphans Charity Gala, the party converges. Sam as a performer, with Joao as his roadie, and Artur, Kelly, and Viktor with their own tickets. Sam and Joao investigate backstage, examining the antique artworks and jewelry up for auction. Entering the room after Artur and Kelly is Dominica Merlo, a socialite leading a large panther on a flimsy leash.
Being the two head turning scandalous guests, Sam and Dominica gravitate towards each other and strike up a conversation. Attempts for Artur and Kelly to join the conversation are briefly headed off by an encounter with the Assistant District Attorney.
In animal form, Kelly has a conversation with the panther, Frou-Frou, while everyone else talks with his owner. As the auction starts, the party migrates to the auction floor. Soon enough, the lights go out, and the inventively named Barbed Wire Killer strikes.
The Baron, Kijin, and the brothers Sokolov engage the killer, while Kelly takes panther form. Dominica gets in Kelly's way, and is injured in response. The rest have a brief and difficult fight ending with the villain retreating down a hallway. He is chased down, and executed by Kijin as the ADA yells at him to stand down and surrender. Kijin makes his escape dodging police gunfire as the rest of the party recuperates and discusses their next move.