In order to learn more about the mysterious video game phenomenon Feathered Serpent and its upcoming sequel, Alex must infiltrate a prestigious event and confront the charismatic billionaire behind the game, Damian Cray.
Having found him dead previously, MI6 investigate the hideout of Smoking Mirror. Mrs Jones comes to the conclusion that there may be hidden cameras which may contain further information they can use. They are able to find some.
Owing to his recent obsession with Feathered Serpent, Damian Cray tasks his staff to track down the top player of the game. His staff find this difficult, however.
Alex and Sabina meet, and Alex tells her what he knows about the explosion which targeted her father's life. Sabina becomes convinced that Alex is crazy and tells Alex to stay well clear of her in the future.
Speaking wwith Smithers, Alex asks him about Damian and questions if he knows anything about Charlie Roper; Charlie is a man who knew Sabina's father and also works with Damian.
Alex is able to speak privately with Charlie via the help of Tom. The two discuss the attempted murder of Ed, Sabina's father. The two also briefly discuss Damian's obsession with Feathered Serpent. Charlie suggests that Alex pose as the top player of the game (known as K7) in order to gain more understanding of the game.
At the pre-launch event, Alex plays a virtual reality version of the game, and is almost beaten by the game, but manages to escape the game and win with the aid of the real K7 — a girl named Kyra.
Damian and Yassen later talk and Damian is furious and tells him of a player that ruined his game. Yassen is aware that this is Alex and tells him not to worry.
- Otto Farrant as Alex Rider
- Jonathan Longer as Charlie Roper
- Rakie Ayola as Jo Byrne
- Stephen Dillane as Alan Blunt
- Vicky McClure as Mrs. Jones
- Andrew Buzzeo as Mr. Boswell
- Hari Dhillon as Ed Pleasance
- Naomi Wirthner as Dr. Lambert
- Ronke Adekoluejo as Jack Starbright
- Daniel Francis-Swaby as Dan Williams
- Brenock O'Connor as Tom Harris
- Macy Nyman as Steph
- Charithra Chandra as Sabina Pleasance
- Nyasha Hatendi as Smithers
- Thomas Levin as Yassen Gregorovich