Shortly before her inauguration, she was kidnapped by two Retellians named Plinn and Goff, who secured her in a stasis pod. When their ship malfunctioned, they contacted Enterprise NX-01 and asked for help. Initially, they told Captain Jonathan Archer that they were transporting a royal person and that she was in stasis because of the long trip. When Commander Charles "Trip" Tucker was repairing the pod, he noticed that Kaitaama's hands were bound and that she was a prisoner. It took a few seconds for him to put her language into the universal translator. He was able to rescue her and they used a Retellian escape pod to land on the nearest planet.
Kaitaama was very demanding and combative, but became attracted to Tucker and suddenly gave him a passionate kiss after having an argument. Enterprise arrested Plinn, but Goff escaped and followed Trip and Kaitaama. After he stalked them, Kaitaama knocked Goff unconscious. She, together with Trip, was then rescued by Enterprise.