While the Whiskers are out foraging for food, the group accidently divide into two separate parties. Flower's first litter of the year follow the smaller group of meerkats and are led into the heart of Commandos territory, where they finally find food. Flower's feisty pup Attila is brought a live scorpion by Mozart and is taught how to properly disarm it. Over in Lazuli territory, Youssarian discovers that the two mystery rovers are actually Whiskers meerkats, Big Will and Mitch. The three team up to try and find females to mate, with the main prize being the Lazuli's dominant female Cazanna. Though she had already mated with Grog, she was without an unrelated dominant male and was interested in finding one. Her previous partner Big Si is said to have died after getting ill over the winter. Cazanna's son JD had taken the position of dominant male and made every attempt to prevent rival males from getting into the group. The youngest of the rovers, Mitch, was inexperienced and ventured too close to the group. He was chased off by JD and other Lazuli males. Youssarian tried to creep closer to the gang but was also caught and chased off. However, Big Will managed to attract the attention of a female called Penny. Penny snuck away from the Lazuli with Big Will and the pair mated without being caught.
Back in Commandos territory, the pups and the small splinter group of foragers are charged at by a mystery group of meerkats. They quickly discover that the other mob is actually the other half of the Whiskers. After Flower and Zaphod scent-mark everyone the Whiskers head back to their sleeping burrow. Elsewhere, the three Whiskers rovers spend the night in a bolt-hole. The next day they all pursue the Lazuli again, but none of them succeed in attracting any more females. The Whiskers once again venture into Commandos territory and plunder their resources. The Commandos are seen making their way towards a rival gang's territory and are led by their one-eyed dominant male Hannibal.