After several Federation officials are taken hostage, the Enterprise
is dispatched to carry a famous, but now elderly, retired negotiator back to the planet where he became famous many years before for negotiating a peaceful settlement to the planet’s civil war. It is hoped that he can replicate his previous success and get the hostages freed.
However, the elderly Admiral begins to show signs of improving health and even signs of growing younger. Soon it becomes apparent the Admiral has taken drastic measures to not only save the hostages, but to also hide the dark secret of just how he was able to end the planet’s civil war those many years ago. The measures he has taken will likely cause his death in a very short period of time; maybe even before he can complete his task.