After the last volume you were left with Rick and friends escaping from Zentraedi captivity and the SDF being infiltrated by the three pilots from before.
At long last the SDF goes home after travelling across the solar system, this results in a recap episode while Gloval briefs command. Minmei and Rick go to Yokohama to visit her parents and pick up her cousin Kyle who agrees to look over her. Then Khyron attacks the SDF and Rick Hunter gets injured in the crossfire, this is followed by a weird dream sequence, a love triangle then develops between Rick, Minmei and Lisa Hayes as Rick sorts out his feelings.
Alas as most shows go, someone dies. Rick Hunters would be brother Roy Folker dies and Max draws the attention of Miriya, a female Zentraedi pilot who wants to fight the SDF's ace. Toronto (Canada) agrees to take the refugees aboard the SDF but when a newly developed barrier system is being tested the SDF is attacked and the barrier overloads destroying the attackers, a city and one of Rick's wingmen Ben.
After this the SDF is banished from the earth, the SFD is attacked again and the defences are breached as enemy warriors make their way inside and lay waste to the City. This results in some Zentraedi defecting to the SDF and Miriya infiltrating the SDF to find the human ace Max, she is found by Max at an arcade store where he challenges, defeats her and asks her out on a date.
This volume really delivers, it has lots of action, drama, some comedy and romance between the characters. It's sad that Roy had to die, he was so likeable.
Specs - English 5.1 Audio, Art of anime video