Wesley is on leave from Starfleet Academy, but gloomy, moody and even rude. The Federation has concluded a peace treaty with the Cardassians, which reassigns several planets, including one where a tribe of American Indians relocated twenty years ago. Picard grudgingly accepts the assignment to relocate the colonists, who refuse to be uprooted a second time in two centuries. Their chief even claims that Picard is there to acquit his ancestor's part in a slaughter of his tribe 23 generations ago. The Cardassians arrive six weeks early for a 'legal' survey of the colony, stirring resistance. This is fueled by Wesley, who accepted an invitation from an Indian, who claims to have seen him during his vision quest, to undertake his own. It leads to Wesley's late dad, telling him that it's time to take a different path from his. Picard tries to get through to Cardassian commander Gul Evek. Wesley makes a major discovery and choice. Written by
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The Pueblo Revolt of 1680 mentioned in the episode, where Picard's ancestor was one of the soldiers leading the attack on Indian settlers was a real historical event. See more
What do you think is sacred to us here?
Maybe the necklace you're wearing? The designs on the walls?
Everything is sacred to us - the buildings, the food, the sky, the dirt beneath your feet - and you. Whether you believe in your spirit or not, we believe in it. You are a sacred person here, Wesley.
I think that's the first time anyone's used that particular word to describe me.
Referenced in Star Trek: Insurrection
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more