Thorus and Ramsey, disguising themselves as General Brax and ‘Ambassador’ Fe’zat beam down near the monastery/prison in the middle of the night. They approach the guard at the main door, announcing their arrival as a surprise inspection. When the guard seems overly nervous, Thorus strikes him and gets him to confess that he let a Cardassian woman (Peret) in to visit the engineer. (The guard says the woman insisted she was the engineer’s fiancée.) Thorus insists on speaking to the Cardassians at once and, while they make their way through the prison, Ramsey sets about disabling the transport inhibitors. Unfortunately, upon seeing the arrival of prison guards and ‘Brax’, the engineer puts a knife to Peret’s throat and tries to flee, using her a shield. Thorus sends a guard to lock all the doors, but the guard helpfully sounds the alarm as well. In in the ensuing mayhem, Thorus manages to injure the engineer but he gets away, killing a guard in the process. Peret realizes who ‘Brax’ and ‘Fe’zat’ really are and – after Thorus has the engineer beamed up to the Covington – she agrees to tell them the secret of disabling the Toren ships, if they’ll take her along. (She admits that Capt. Belor and company are only people she hired to bring her here, and not her normal crew.)
Amidst beaming Starfleet hostages to safety, they learn from Lt. Evans (the Springer engineer recruited by Ivers to repair the Covington) that Ivers was taken away via shuttle by a pair of Romulans. After arranging for the Ambassador and his guards to beam to the Springer, Thorus and Ramsey beam up to the Covington. There, along with Peret, they find themselves on the bridge with Capt. Ferenbach who endures a reprimand from the Springer’s captain (a call cut short by a mindful Covington officer). As the Toren ships approach, Peret explains how to disable them with verteron particles and Ferenbach offers Thorus and Ramsey a shuttle which they can use to pursue the Romulans. Lt. Evans volunteers to help and they leave. While the Covington and Springer depart, Ramsey puts out a call (in Romulan) and hears back from Myrun who, after some taunts and insults, agrees to meet in five days to exchange Ivers for the Cardassian engineer (whom they do not have, but Thorus proposes they disguise someone to serve as a decoy for the exchange).