Janeway must escape from a city under siege by the Mokra, a brutal regime determined to crush the growing resistance movement against it.
In search of tellerium to power the U.S.S. Voyager, Janeway, Tuvok, Neelix and Torres transport to an Alsaurian city that is occupied by the hostile Mokra. Tipped off to the crew's presence, Mokra soldiers capture Tuvok and Torres. Neelix manages to beam back to Voyager with the tellerium and the Captain is secreted away by Caylem, an eccentric man who believes Janeway is his long-lost daughter.
On the ship, Chakotay contacts Augris, the Mokra magistrate, to obtain the missing crewmembers, but when the effort fails to produce results, he begins formulating a rescue plan. In Caylem's home, Janeway learns that Torres and Tuvok have been taken to the Mokra's impenetrable prison. Hoping to find his missing wife, Caylem asks the Captain if he can accompany her there. Janeway refuses, but the point becomes moot when Mokra soldiers arrive, looking for her. The pair slip out of Caylem's hideout seconds before the soldiers burst in.
Janeway and Caylem approach the resistance leader who provided the tellerium, who agrees to help them get weapons so they can break the crew out of the prison. But when Janeway realizes that the weapons exchange is a trap, she must resort to using her feminine wiles to overtake two guards protecting the prison's access tunnels. After she and Caylem subdue the guards and steal their weapons, the pair sneak into the prison. Meanwhile, Voyager comes under hostile fire by the Mokra and the ship is ordered to leave the area immediately.
Janeway is able to help free Tuvok and Torres, but she goes back to help Caylem look for his wife. Unfortunately, they run right into Augris, who reveals that Caylem's wife and daughter - both members of the resistance - are dead. Caylem fatally stabs the magistrate and takes a phaser shot meant for Janeway. As Caylem dies, Janeway plays the role of his daughter and assures him that both she and her mother forgive him for having been too fearful to join the resistance years earlier. Seconds later, Paris arrives and the entire Away Team beams back to the ship.
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