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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Lakanta says he's been awaiting Wesley's arrival for two years. This would tie in with the events of the episode Star Trek: The Next Generation: The First Duty
(1992), when Wesley participated with Nova Squadron's cover-up over the death of a cadet. This was probably the catalyst for Wesley becoming disillusioned with Starfleet. Even Admiral Brand, who oversaw the legal proceedings informs Beverly here how far Wesley has fallen. See more
I know why you came to us, Wesley. To find the answers that you seek.
Referenced in Star Trek: Insurrection
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more