Stardate 44143.7: Finding a Talarian training vessel in deep space, the Enterprise crew discover that one of the ship’s crew is actually a human teenager. Dr. Crusher’s examinations reveal that he has been injured in the past as well – and it’s likely that these came about on purpose. When the boy’s Talarian foster father appears to reclaim him, Picard is left with a choice – either return the boy to a society whose people may have abused him, or face the possibility of starting a war.
teleplay by John Whelpley and Jeri Taylor
story by Ralph Phillips
directed by Gabrielle Beaumont
music by Dennis McCarthy
Guest Cast: Sherman Howard (Endar), Chad Allen (Jono), Barbara Townsend (Admiral Rossa)
LogBook entry by Earl Green