Charlie, Miles, and Nora join up with Nora's rebel faction, led by Catholic priest Nicholas, but find that the rebels have already sustained heavy losses after a skirmish with the militia. They've also lost a man, who tells the militia where to find them (in a place called Hannigan's! Sad, dusty pieces of flair lie neglected everywhere). The militia lays siege to the rebel base, and when the ammo for the rebels' new sniper rifle runs out, the militia overrun their defenses, since Miles's idea of tunneling out through the kitchen didn't work.
The militia leader, Jeremy, recognizes Miles and tells everyone who he is: Monroe's old Marine buddy, cofounder of the Monroe Militia and the Republic itself. Charlie is horrified and Nicholas wants to summarily execute Miles, but Nora is like, he told me this when we were in bed like a million years ago. Miles trades himself to Jeremy for the rebels' lives. But we aren't rid of Charlie so easily. She and Nora blow up a bridge and free Miles from Jeremy's clutches.
In flashbacks we learn how Monroe and Miles spent the first few months after the blackout: walking from South Carolina to Chicago, and encountering The Road-like conditions along the way. Seeing horror after horror as the weeks pass, Miles decides he has to do something about the lawlessness, and it looks like he was the real driving force behind everyone living under martial law now.
Maggie and Aaron, meanwhile, find Grace's house, but no sign of Grace. Her computer has been smashed. But as they sit, depressed, telling sad stories of how the world sucks now, Grace's CD player and Maggie's iPhone switch on, and rather than jump up and down screaming because OH MY GOD YOU GUYS THE POWER IS BACK ON WTF THIS IS AWESOME LET'S WATCH MOVIES, Aaron and Maggie just gape. Then it all goes away again. But now they know power still exists. There is hope!
Previously on Revolution: Ben Matheson got murdered and his son, Danny, kidnapped by the Monroe Militia. Charlie and her uncle, Miles, went searching for Danny, who's being held by General Sebastian Monroe. Charlie and Miles added Nora, a rebel fighter, to their intrepid crew. Aaron and Maggie have the silver MacGuffin that Grace can use to turn on the power. But Grace is probably in trouble.
As they walk, Nora and Miles are still arguing about her plan to give the sniper rifle to the rebels, and also, subtextually, about their relationship, which is giving Charlie a case of the squicks.
Eight weeks after the blackout, at Parris Island: Monroe and Miles are discussing Miles's plan to go AWOL, walk to Chicago, and find Ben and his family. Monroe says he wants to come with Miles, but Miles refuses his help: "My family, my problem." Monroe says, "You're my family, and that makes it my problem. I'm not asking you." Aw. Bro love.
Nora, Miles, and Charlie arrive at the rebel base, which is an abandoned Hannigan's restaurant. The base's scouts are about to shoot Nora when someone named Nicholas recognizes her and calls them off. He hugs her for quite a long time, until Miles interrupts their tender reunion. He introduces himself as Stu and Charlie as Frannie. Inside the base, everyone is wounded and festering. I bet it smells lovely. There's also an American flag hanging on the wall, which probably isn't very smart, from what we've learned about how having one can get you shot on sight. A woman calls Charlie over to help her with an injured man, who Charlie sees is actually a boy, and he's dying. It's not helping that her long, luxurious hair is getting all over his wound.
Nicholas tells Miles they were trying to buy some guns, but were ambushed by militia. Twelve are dead, with one missing. Miles asks if the missing man was captured, and if he might be giving up their position to the militia. Nora tells Nicholas they need to pack everyone up and go, but he says the wounded can't travel. Charlie interrupts to tell them the boy is dead, and Miles says, "This is what being a rebel gets you."
The missing man, it turns out, has been captured, and a militia leader is playing Russian roulette with him to get him to talk. The captured guy looks like a grubby Adrien Brody, at the beginning of one of his Gillette commercials. The militia leader starts monologuing about how hard it is to find bullets, then asks the man again where the rebel camp is, putting the gun to his head and pulling the trigger. Nothing happens, again and again, but the man keeps weeping until he finally spills. The militia leader tells his men to move out and leave no survivors. And then he shoots the prisoner in the head.