A soldier, returning from the trenches, refuses to speak in favor of enlistment. He speaks out against the popular philosophy of the time--that dying for your country is an honorable death. On the contrary, he discusses the harsh realities of war and attacks the notion that an honorable death is worthwhile. Is a "noble" death more valuable than living?
The Planeteers give food to the hungry villagers. Kwame states that they must also give food to the people of the other village, resulting in suspicion from the village chief. As the Planeteers depart to avoid trouble, the village chief's son, who is best friends with the son of the other village chief rushes to the Planeteers with half of his food, telling them to give it to his friend, Khalil, from the other village.
The Planeteers are tasked by Gaia to stop a war between two tribes initiated by two-timing arms dealers. Appalled at the sight, Ma-Ti comments on how it is too difficult for him to see such suffering. Gaia profoundly comments that only when people understand the consequences of war would they possess the wisdom to stop it.
Zarm, a spirit of war and conquest that was once the spirit of Earth tempts the planeteers with power and pits them against each other. Matee's "heart" power breaks him free of Zarm's control, allowing him to eventually save the planeteer's from Zarm's corruption. The planeteers realize that an iron fish ethos will do more harm than good, even if done with good intentions and summon Captain Planet to send Zarm back to his world.