The Enterprise rescues a small group Talerian adolescents, all wearing uniforms. They were on a training mission and one of them, Jono, turns out to be human. A medical scan reveals several healed injuries leading Dr. Crusher to believe Jono may have been abused. Data identifies the boy as Jeremiah Rossa, grandson of Federation Admiral Connaught Rossa. His parents were killed when the Talerians attacked their colony and the boy was apparently taken prisoner. Although a human, the boy has been fully assimilated into the warlike and highly patriarchal Talerian culture. When the Talerian Captain Endar, who claims Jono as is son, demands the boy's return, Picard refuses.
Did You Know?
The rifles worn by the Talarian militia were later re-used as Romulan disruptor rifles. See more
When Picard is meeting with Troi, he admits that he's not good with children. Troi replies, "Really?" in a very sarcastic tone.
She is a ranked officer (lieutenant commander at this time), and should not address a superior officer in such a tone. See more
[Picard has suggested to Endar that Jono's broken arm and ribs may have been caused by mistreatment
Have you ever been a father, Picard? Have you ever had a son desperately trying to win your approval, your respect? Jono broke his ribs riding on a t'stayan. Six hooves - a very powerful beast. The arm... in a contest with other youths. He endured the pain, and won the competition. One day, he will be a great warrior.
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