Captain Picard is tasked with making a very important “first contact” meeting with a xenophobic alien race. After tirelessly working on his opening speech (in their alien language), he decides to take some time off in the holodeck. However, when the alien’s probe the Enterprise
, it causes the holodeck to malfunction, leaving those inside in great danger. The crew must rescue Picard and the others from the holodeck, while at the same time trying to delay the alien race’s demand to begin their exchange.