From the Back Cover
An Away Team visits Angosia, a planet seeking membership in the Federation. As the team meets with Angosian Prime Minister Nayrok (James Cromwell), a violent prisoner escapes Angosia's penal colony. Picard (Patrick Stewart) immediately mobilizes his crew, and the escapee, Roga Danar (Jeff McCarthy), is captured and beamed aboard the Enterprise
Troi (Marina Sirtis) finds herself drawn to Danar, who tells her that psychological and biochemical modifications were conducted on him by Nayrok's government. Programmed for violence and unfit for civilian life, he was then exiled to the penal colony.
When Picard confronts Nayrok with Danar's story, the prime minister brusquely demands the prisoner's return. But Danar escapes and releases more prisoners from the penal colony. Can Picard prevent an Angosian civil war...and should he?