(written from a Production point of view)
Commander Riker must either give up the USS Enterprise or sacrifice his captain's life.
- While exploring a group of devastated class-M planets in a remote sector of space, the crew of the USS Enterprise is shocked to discover a group of Human slaves on a forbidding, glacial world. When the slaves revolt against their Human overseers, Captain Picard and his crew sympathize with the slaves plight but cannot interfere in the conflict.
- After the revolt is a success, Captain Picard learns that both the slaves and the overseers were controlled by a mysterious bird-like race called the Tseetsk, who are coming to reclaim their property. With the time running out, the rebels kidnap Captain Picard and Counselor Troi – drawing the USS Enterprise into the middle of their deadly plan of vengeance.
"There's a difference between fulfilling a function and bringing imagination to the job."
- - Jean-Luc Picard (p. 49)
"The away team that didn't get away."
- - Riker (p. 24)
"You cannot maintain a stable society based on slavery."
- - Riker (p. 245)
"You've shown that you're willing to die for freedom. Will you live for it?"
- - Vossted (p. 275)
- Jean-Luc Picard
- William T. Riker
- Deanna Troi
- Janet Kilsolving
- mysterious bird-like race
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