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
Did You Know?
Some fans have speculated that Chakotay lived on the Dorvan V colony, and joined the Maquis when Starfleet handed the colony over to the Cardassians. See more
Beverly mentions The Traveler's comment to Picard about Wesley being a prodigy like Mozart. However, the Traveler had sworn the Captain to secrecy, especially toward Wesley's mother, so she shouldn't really know about it. Her knowledge of it could be explained though by episode #7.8 ("Attached"), when Dr. Crusher and Picard were psychically linked by the Pritt and shared their memories. See more
It is always good to understand one's adversary, in any negotiation.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
I hope that by the end of this matter, you will no longer look on me as an adversary.