Q, from the Q continuum, returns to the Enterprise to toy with Picard and the crew. Q asks to become a member of the crew, but when he is rebuffed, he sends Enterprise out of the Alpha quadrant and into an unknown part of space. Here, Q warns them about the dangers they will face as they “go where no one has gone before.”
The danger turns out to come from a deadly aggressive machine like race made up of part human, part machine, cyborg-like people, known as the Borg. As the Borg approach Enterprise, Picard tries to make friendly overtures, but the Borg response is that the crew will be “assimilated.” Enterprise’s defenses prove no match for the Borg’s Cube that is attempting to “assimilate” them.
Can Picard save the ship and crew from certain assimilation into this machine like race, and what personal sacrifice must he make in order to secure their escape?