is sent to make a belated effort to find the possible survivors from a lost freighter that crashed seven years earlier. There, they find the planet that the freighter crashed on is ruled by women, with men in the subservient position. The crew then learns that there were survivors, but that they became outcasts, who were forced to go into hiding. The outcasts are now considered enemies of the state, and threatened with execution if found.
Meanwhile, to make matters worse, a virulent virus outbreak has occurred aboard the Enterprise
. Most of the crew has become incapacitated to the point that the away team is not even allowed to return, except for Data.
Matters become even more critical when the Enterprise
is desperately needed at the neutral zone, to fend off several threatening Romulan Warbirds.