With two of his crew members in a potentially dangerous situation on Ekos, Captain Stillwater has wrangled Admirals for support. The Federation’s need for new mining opportunities has led the USS Standing Bear to be ordered to rendezvous with the USS Monarch, taking on a special envoy tasked with negotiating mining rights to a moon on behalf of the Federation. The primary issue is the moon in question is disputed between two warring peoples: The Ekosi and the Zeon. A Federation scientist’s violation of the prime directive lead to Ekos becoming a Nazi society in the 23rd century, and the last Federation starship to visit the system abandoned their mission to Ekos in 2357 nearly forty years ago. Stillwater, however, is using the official mission to mask his ulterior motive to get his crew back safely.