Stardate 52889.3: The Federation has started to catch up with the new Dominion-Breen weaponry. Arriving from the Utopia Planetia Fleet Yards is the U.S.S. Sao Paulo, a Defiant-class warship with the most up-to-date specs on Breen weaponry. With the arrival of the Sao Paulo, the Federation is once again back in the game. On Cardassia Prime, Colonel Kira, Garak, and Legate Damar attempt to bring more of the Cardassian military into their force, only to be caught in a trap. The three transport to the surface in an out-of-the-way place, but they see that they are in trouble. Their Jem'Hadar vessel is destroyed high above them, they are left stranded deep in enemy territory.