En route to Risa, Ramsey, Thorus, and Lt. Evans receive a message from Consul Evius instructing them to go to the Three Birds Resort at Suraya Bay. They leave the Tarus at the small, costly landing field near the resort (keeping careful track of their expenses for Ambassador Corik who has offered to cover their bills). Inside the resort they are greeted by a concierge who recognizes them from a news report on the Metzov Station disaster. A group of Andorian art students gather to ask if they can do a series of paintings and sketches on the ‘space archaeologists’ – though they decline, Thorus offers to give a martial arts’ lesson to any of them that study blades (one student accepts and they plan to meet the following morning).
In their suite, they find Ivers’ comm device and it contains a recorded message from Evius instructing them to meet at the ruins of Fort Banris after sunset. They waste no time in transforming Lt. Evans into Nelkan, the Cardassian engineer. Once Evans is ready, they turn him loose on the resort to practice his role. Thorus and Ramsey retire to their suite only to have an old colleague of Ramsey’s show up at the door. Les Brady, a jovial drunk and once a junior-grade lieutenant, seems glad to have encountered an erstwhile shipmate. Thorus makes him a drink while Ramsey catches up with Brady, eventually hearing that the young lieutenant was caught in a dalliance with an Admiral’s daughter and placed on administrative leave (indefinitely). More morose with each drink, Brady admits that he’s more or less stranded on Risa until he finds work of some kind (or accepts a dismal posting to some god-awful place as punishment for his indiscretions). They offer him the hospitality of their suite’s liquor cabinet and head for the ruins of the fort.
Thorus outfits Lt. Evans with his own anti-sensor belt, to prevent the Lt. from being beamed away without warning. Despite this measure, Lt. Evans begins to worry about what’s in store for him and the possibility of sink holes. Thorus fails to sedate him with a hypospray, so Ramsey uses a phaser to stun him. They arrive at the meeting to exchange barbs with Myrun, who tells them Ivers is secured in the nearby step-well. Ramsey goes to retrieve Ivers while Myrun stays above ground with Thorus and Lt. Evans. Myrun, however, is communicating with someone – just as Ramsey and Ivers climb the stairs they see Thorus getting beamed away. Consul Evius, unable to lock onto Lt. Evans, beams Thorus into the brig of his ship. Back on Risa, Ramsey stuns Myrun and takes his comm unit, using it to deliver an elaborate ultimatum. Consul Evius releases Thorus from the brig (a potentially risky move, given that Thorus is thoroughly armed with knives of every kind) and explains that he’s scanned the seeming Cardassian and knows it’s not Nelkan. He confesses to his own desperation to uncover a Cardassian plot and says that, in lieu of interrogating Nelkan, someone with Romulan politics may hold the same information.
Evius tells them that Senator Vecian is on the run, targeted for having the audacity to suggest that the Romulan Empire consider an alliance with the Federation due to a shared threat. Vecian and his family, however, have been threatened and are on the run. Evius says that besides gaining whatever knowledge the senator holds, he’s a friend of Vecian’s and would like to see him safely delivered from harm. When Ivers, Ramsey, and Thorus agreed to help, Evius tells them that the senator is believed to be hiding on a rogue planetoid in Section O-8 of the Otorin Sector. Evius collects Myrun and departs. Ivers proposes they leave Lt. Evans on Risa for the remainders of his personal leave time, and Ramsey and Thorus tell Ivers that they just may have found a new recruit in the form of drunken Les Brady.