As Enterprise is en route to study a planet whose sudden orbital shift has drastically changed its environment, Ensign Mayweather requests leave time so he can visit his family aboard the freighter Horizon, an early cargo-hauler capable of reaching just under warp two. Mayweather particularly looks forward to seeing his father, who had to relinquish his command of the Horizon during an illness. What the Enterprise’s helmsman doesn’t know, however, is that the illness has claimed his father’s life, leaving the ensign’s brother Paul in command. During his visit, Mayweather tries to help upgrade the ship (and boost morale), and neither effort meets with the approval of the Horizon’s new captain. Mayweather’s Starfleet discipline clashes with his family’s fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants frontier lifestyle, and he may not be able to reconcile his feelings before an attack by alien pirates puts them all in jeopardy.
Guest Cast: Corey Mendell Parker (Paul Mayweather), Joan Pringle (Rianna), Nicole Forester (Nora), Philip Anthony Rodriguez (Juan), Adam Paul (Crewman Nichols), Ken Feinberg (Alien Captain)
LogBook entry by Earl Green