While Cadet Nog uses Captain Sisko's advice to make the Klingons aboard Deep Space Nine respect him, a captured communiqué from the Maquis brings grim news. As a last resort, the Maquis have used cloaking devices that they obtained from the Klingon Empire to mask thirty missles. The missles were then fired from a remote location in the Badlands towards Cardassia. The loss of so many lives could lead to even more deaths should the Dominion find reason to believe that humans had been behind the attack. A possible Quadrant war needs to be diverted and Sisko turns to the only man who can help: Michael Eddington.