Doctor Bashir is about to turn thirty years old. While talking with Garak over lunch about his upcoming birthday, Bashir is approached by Quark who has a Lethean interested in purchasing some bio-mimetic gel. Bashir tells the Lethean that it's against Federation law to purchase any and the Lethean leaves. Later, Bashir catches the Lethean going through his infirmary. The Lethean attacks Bashir with a telepathic weapon, which sends Bashir into a coma and on a trip through his mind.