Stardate: Unknown While on a routine survey mission, Enterprise answers a distress call from a nearby cargo vessel. After the survivors and the cargo are beamed to Enterprise, it becomes clear that something is amiss. The survivors are from two different planets, but both lay claim to the “critically important” cargo which cost the lives of two of their number. The cargo appears to be a relieving medicine for one of the planets' ongoing plague problem. However, the cargo and the people who developed it are not what they appear to be, and have their own ulterior motives. Picard must weigh the 'prime directive' restraint against interfering against what he feels is the right thing to do. His solution in the matter must avoid this issue, but also resolve the two planet’s dilemma.