Twenty-five years ago, Captain Jean-Luc Picard conducted breakthrough negotiations with an aggressive race called the Gorn. Now, on the anniversary of that achievement, Captain Picard and the "U.S.S. Enterprise " are headed for the Gorn Homeworld to continue that important work. But when the ship stops to investigate a mysterious alien artifact, Captain Picard is suddenly hurled through time and space. Just as Commander Riker and the "Starship Enterprise " crew begin an impossible search for their captain, the Gorn summit goes terribly wrong. As war looms over the galaxy and Picard is desperately needed on the Gorn Homeworld, the captain finds himself stranded in the past on a planet called Cestus III at a crucial turning point in Federation history. Now, caught in a deadly situation that challenges Picard's most cherished beliefs, he must weigh the fate of a world against the future of the entire Federation...… (more)
Picard's arms flew outward and caught the doorway on each side, keeping him from being cast out into space. the pressure from behind was terrific, and the roar of air competed with the now-deafening hum of energy throbbing through the station.
His arms were growing tired: He began to hyperventilate intentionally, to oxygenate his blood as much as possible and ensure maximum survival time in the vacuum of space.
Picard's efforts were cut short when something slammed into his right side. He felt himself flying through the airlock toward the open door.
He saw the station convulse around him, shaking as another surge of energy shot through the super-structure, and Picard realized the vacuum of space was the least of his troubles. Then a blast of whiteness took him ...