A hairdryer sent by an unknown party temporarily turns Fantasio into a docile automaton. Coming to his senses in a moving, but driver-less, car, he hears the voice of his abductor, who introduces himself as Zorglub. When an accident allows Fantasio to escape, the mysterious kidnapper tries again with Spirou. In fact, the abductions' only purpose is to send the Count of Champignac a message - he and Zorglub are old acquaintances. But what is the enigmatic genius planning?