A strange species which relies on direct computer interfaces to communicate with each other, known as the Bynars, are set to upgrade the Enterprise
’s computer. However, instead they cause the crew to abandon ship by faking a pending loss of warp core containment. They have also set up a diversion in the holodeck to keep Riker onboard and unaware of the situation. Picard, who had stopped by the holodeck, is also left onboard, unaware. The space station holding the Enterprise
for the upgrade sends the Enterprise
on an automatic course away from the station, to prevent its destruction.