God Spare the Child...
Following their battle against Proteus, the X-Men are getting ready to return back to the United States from Muir Island. As they depart, Banshee decides to stay behind as he no longer can use his powers . When Cyclops offers Madrox, Havok and Polaris to join the X-Men, each respectfully refuses and the X-Men leave. As they jet through the air, they are unaware that not far behind them a private jet owned by the Hellfire Club, Jason Wyngard is once more using his powers to access the mind of Phoenix, in his continued bid to make her fall in love with him. Wyngarde makes Jean believe that she is reliving the life of her ancestor aboard a ship headed to America and that Wyngarde's ancestor is her lover. She snaps out of this supposed "time slip" when Scott asks her if she is okay. The two begin talking about their relationship and Cyclops assures her that his brief "romance" with Colleen Wing when he thought Jean was dead was only friendly. The two confess their love for each other and share a kiss.
As they approach the X-Mansion, they are alerted that security on has been breached. Storming their home, the X-Men are surprised to find that their mentor, Charles Xavier, has returned to Earth. Over the next few days, Scott and Jean spend a lot of time catching up. When Wolverine suddenly storms out of the Danger Room, Scott has to explain to the Professor that this team of X-Men operates differently than his original students. Before an argument can burst out, Cerebro detects two new mutants who's powers have manifested, one in Chicago and the other in New York. As the Professor mobilizes the X-Men to investigate the two new mutants, they are unaware that they are being spied on by the Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club. The leaders of the Hellfire Club seek to obtain these mutants before the X-Men, and send their agent the White Queen to deal with the one in Chicago while Jason Wyngarde goes to deal with the one in New York.
In the suburb of Deerfield, young Katherine "Kitty" Pryde is returning home from her ballet practice, bothered by the series of headaches that she has been experiencing recently. When she arrives home she finds her parents discussing sending Kitty to a private school in Massachusetts with it's headmistress Ms. Emma Frost, the White Queen in her civilian guise. Kitty doesn't much like Miss Frost, and realizes that the fact that she is being sent off to private school means that her parents are serious about splitting up. As she goes up into her room to rest, another headache hits her and when she opens her eyes after the pain subsides, she finds herself strangely on the floor of the living room. She rushes back up to her room as her parents are seeing Ms. Frost out, and welcomes their next visitor: Charles Xavier, who seeks to get Kitty to come to his School for Gifted Youngsters. Kitty spies Xavier and his students, Logan, Peter and ororo and finds that they are much more interesting.
Kitty is asked to take Xavier's friends out, and she brings them to the local malt shop where Kitty makes instant friends with Ororo. Ororo reveals to her that they are really the mutant heroes known as the X-Men, much to Kitty's surprise. Just then, three men in armored suits jump through the storefront window and attack the three X-Men. As the X-Men battle the men, they find that they have been armed to combat their abilities. As the fight rages, Kitty is knocked aside and she is surprised when she phases right through the wall, but passes out when she lands in the alley. The X-Men realize that they can defeat their enemies if they switch opponents and easily trounce their attackers. Their victory is only brief as they are then struck by a massive mental attack by the white Queen who orders her minions to take the X-Men hostage. As they speed away she causes her downed minions armor to explode, killing them for their failure.