Bringing supplies to a Federation subspace communications relay station near the Klingon border, the Enterprise finds it deserted by shuttle, only a dog remains. There is a residue Crusher guesses to be the remains of Lieutenant Aquiel Uhnari, the dog's owner, whose personal logs reveal to Gordi her childhood paranoia and theory the local Klingon commander made frequent visit to abuse her, while she also feared her male only colleague. When Picard hints at his influence with the Klingon leader since he arbitrated his succession, the planet governor Torak accepts to help himself- and produces Aquiel, alive- or not, and what about the DNA traces Worf found of one single Klingon? Crusher continues the DNA identification with spooky results... Written by
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[in a personal letter to her sister, Aquiel is talking about the threat from a Klingon
Lt. Aquiel Uhnari
I don't... think there'll be any trouble. It just... brings up those feelings of... panic, of wanting to run, wanting to get away from danger. Shianna, I couldn't say this to anyone but you. But the panic... It's the same thing I used to feel whenever Father got angry. When I knew he was going to punish me. Only now, I'm out here in space - and there's nowhere to run.
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