Ensign Dorothy Gale has been accused of murder. A court martial will generate bad publicity for Starfleet which is already hurting in falling recruitment rates. CPT Ramses discovers that Starfleet is planning to quietly send Gale off to prison without a trial. Ramses challenges Starfleet Chief Judge Robbins on the way ahead. Justice or mercy? What flows is a heated contest of wills and agendas. Complicating the situation further is that CPT Ramses' "old flame" will play a key role in the outcome of this thing called "justice."