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The Enterprise has been sent to oversee negotiations for a peace treaty between the Draqqi and the Iach'tui, a race who occupied their homeworld for four years. When two Draqii envoys are murdered and the evidence points to an Iach'tu, Kirk is asked to assist with the investigation and learns the Draqii security officer in charge is Orisa Jilain, a former lover. They discover the two victims were in the same labour camp during the occupation and a name inscribed at the murder scenes refers to another inmate, Estheen, who "disappeared" after falling pregnant.

Kirk and Osira speak to Ussata Dornic, the camp commandant, who is in prison for tax fraud. He reveals both victims and three other survivors of the camp were informants. He also identifies a suspect in the killings: Sanda, a guard who was helping the inmates and was betrayed by the informants. When another of the targets is killed, Kirk and Osira wait at the home of one of the remaining two, Nes Aavo. Sanda arrives but spares Aavo on learning he has been caring for Estheen's son, who he somehow saved from death, and is taken into custody.

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Nes AavoMani BegronDeffen JakolOrisa JilainJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyYor PraddicLurt RebbisSandaHeenin Vonakh
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Felah CuviqEstheenIdraLenore KaridianKodos/Anton KaridianThomas LeightonSorenSpock


Draqqana (Tuyatt Bay) • Iach'tu Prime
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Draqqana CityIowaPelos OtrynSadj Monh labor campTarsus IV


USS Enterprise (Constitution-class)
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USS Farragut (Constitution-class)

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Background information

  • Michael Jan Friedman adapted this story from a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode story concept he had pitched to Ronald D. Moore. Friedman commented: "This follows the principle that nothing goes to waste. While DS9 was still on the air I pitched a story to Ron Moore. It was a murder mystery-type thing involving Kira. Ron said he liked the idea, but it was a little too close to an episode they were already working on. The episode was "The Darkness and the Light". I still liked my version of the idea, but obviously I couldn't do it as a DS9 story anymore. But here came this anthology, and I thought substituting recasting Kirk in Kira's role might be interesting. I really liked the idea of putting Kirk in an unfamiliar situation..He's not the captain here, he's a detective. I think fans are sometimes taken aback when you try to stretch the character. But I like doing that. And I think we owe it to them to try different things'"" (Voyages of Imagination)

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