An Away Team's search of a barren planet turns tragic when a buried bomb explodes and kills one of the group's archaeologists. Worf (Michael Dorn), the team leader, feels he is to blame for the death.
On board the Enterprise, Picard (Patrick Stewart) breaks the news to the victim's 12-year old son, Jeremy (Gabriel Damon). As Worf, himself an orphan, lends comfort to Jeremy, Troi (Marina Sirtis) detects an alien presence aboard the ship-Jeremy's mother, seemingly come back to life!
Picard determines that the image of Jeremy's mother is being created by an energy source from the planet's surface, and that the alien power is gaining control of the transporter room. Can Picard protect Jeremy and save The Enterprise?