The immediate aftermath of accelerating the maturation of the new Seed of Wonder and restoring magick back to the world finds Buffy and the Scoobies in Santa Rosita, California slaying zompires. An evolved vampire named Vicki shows up to help Buffy with the zompire problem and once all zompires are slain Vicki and her crew of new vampires plan to turn on Buffy. In the midst of a heated battle Spike shows up to assist while Willow magically teleports two civilians named Abby and Zoey Miller to Dawn and Andrew who annoys Dawn with the phase "Come with me if you want to live" every time they rescue people. Willow states that the new magic is different and she can't not perform another while casting a force field around Santa Rosita to keep the remaining zompires in and Buffy leads the others to Xanders trap consisting of tanning beds. While Xander puts the finishing touches on his trap he mentions how strained his relationship with Dawn is to Anya, who is haunting him as a spirit. Buffy and others arrive and Xander's trap is a success while Anaheed congraduates the Scoobies. The big battle between Buffy, Vicki and the remaining zompires goes on well into sunrise when Vicki and her crew reveal that not only are they inmune to sunlight but also tougher to stake. Buffy and crew are overwhelmed by Vicki's forces until the timely arrival of Faith, Giles, Kennedy, Holly and Leah. Together they manage to beat down Vicki's crew until Vicki calls a retreat.
Buffy and the Scooby Gang are first introduced to the vampire change caused by the recreation of the Seed ('The Core').
Buffy and Faith meet for the first time after Giles' death in 'Last Gleaming', as do Willow and Kennedy after their break-up revealed in the same issue.