The Enterprise is transporting the Sovereign Marouk in an attempt to get a break away group of her people to return to the fold, so to speak. They broke away almost 100 years ago and and are now known as the Gatherers, a band of scavengers forever raiding and scavenging anything they can get their hands on. Marouk is prepared to offer them an amnesty but there is a great deal of mistrust between them. Commander Riker meanwhile takes an interest in Marouk's cook Yuta, but the attention of the crew is diverted to finding a saboteur when one of the Gatherers is killed.
Did You Know?
When Riker and he Away Team vaporized the nearby duranium scrap metal to block the field of view of the attacking Gatherers, the cloud of gaseous duranium created would have been 2314 degrees in temperature (as Commander Data had just said). The Gatherers who then walked through that cloud would have burst into flames for doing so. See more
Your ambushes would be more successful if you bathed more often!
Referenced in After Trek: Choose Your Pain
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more