Stardate not given: Quark obtains the salvaged wreckage of a ship from the Gamma Quadrant and discovers an alien infant in some kind of container. The child is handed over to Bashir, who finds that its metabolic rate is incredibly accelerated. Within hours, the child seems to be at least eight years old and can already talk to and understand others. Later, as the boy evolves even more rapidly, it is discovered that he is an infant Jem’Hadar – and a chance encounter with Odo reveals that the boy is genetically programmed to respect changelings. Odo hopes that he can demonstrate to the boy that, just as Odo is not the same as the Founders of the Dominion, the child does not have to follow in the violent footsteps of his fellow warriors.
written by D. Thomas Maio & Steve Warnek
directed by Avery Brooks
music by Jay Chattaway
Guest Cast: Bumper Robinson (Jem’Hadar Boy), Jill Sayre (Marta), Leslie Bevis (Freighter Captain), Matthew Kimbrough (Alien High Roller), Hassan Nicholas (Young Jem’Hadar Boy)
LogBook entry by Earl Green