A Bajoran freighter suffering a radiation leak that caused an explosion on the ship docks at Deep Space Nine. The vessel is carrying Kai Winn and Vedek Bareil, who were on their way to begin secret face-to-face talks with the Cardassians over a peace treaty between the two worlds. Vedek Bareil, who was in initiator of the peace treaty, is severely wounded in the explosion and his chances of survival are slim. Meanwhile, Jake plans a date on the same day that he is supposed to play dom-job with Nog. Nog is all right with Jake missing out on the game, so long as Jake's date becomes a double date.