A small outpost of settlers is surprised when an Enterprise shuttlepod descends and lands. Archer, Trip and T’Pol greet the settlers, asking to trade for deuterium fuel. Tessic, the leader of the settlement refuses, saying his outpost only has a small supply – which clashes with the full tanks spotted by the shuttle’s scanners from orbit. Archer finally strikes a deal with the settlers, trading some of Enterprise’s power cells and medical supplies for the fuel. When another ship arrives in orbit, Tessic asks the visitors from Enterprise to stay out of sight, and Archer soon learns why – a group of Klingon pirates has an “arrangement” with Tessic. Every season, the Klingons take every liter of deuterium mined, and they pay the settlers back by not harming them. Archer is determined to end the siege, and plans an elaborate trap for the Klingons. He also arms and trains the settlers to defend themselves.
teleplay by David Wilcox
story by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
directed by Mike Vejar
music by Dennis McCarthy
Guest Cast: Larry Cedar (Tessic), Bari Hochwald (E’lis), Steven Flynn (Maklii), Jesse James Rutherford (Q’Ell), Robertson Dean (Korok)
LogBook entry by Earl Green