"tHE SURROGATE": A young pregnant girl staggers into Leslie Thompkins' clinic with a bullet-wound, and the doctors do their best to save her. However, during the operation, Leslie is unable to find any trace of the bullet which caused the wound. Meanwhile, Batman encounters Biggie Tiny, a former Knights' linebacker now involved with the Hill's street gangs, who is in the middle of an apparent arms purchase. During the scuffle, Batman is shot, but the only liquid left behind is water, not blood. He is contacted by Oracle and told that Leslie Thompkins needs to see him right away. Batman leaves as Oracle contacts the GCPD to pick up Biggie and his crew. At her clinic, Leslie asks Batman to find the wounded girl's next of kin, as her condition is getting progressively worse. The girl, Neisha Dupris, is currently in the foster care of a woman named Marga Gonzales. However, when Batman goes to the home of Gonzales, he encounters a number of parentless children living in squalid conditions. One of the children tells Batman that Neisha left, intent on going to live with her sister. Batman contacts Oracle again and asks her to run a search for any sisters for Neisha and he, in turn, is told that the GCPD arrived too late to pick up Biggie and his gang. Arriving at Biggie's home, Batman tells the crook he knows Mr. Freeze supplied the bullets that shot both Neisha and himself, deducing that the bullets are made of ice. But Batman also knows that Freeze is not holding the purse strings, but someone else is and that same person wants Neisha dead. Batman disables the crook and on his way back to Leslie's clinic is contacted by Oracle, who says she has found a sister of Neisha's named Helen. When Batman returns, with only a little more information than he had in the first place, he discovers that everybody at Leslie's clinic has disappeared.