Dax outlines for everyone else what happened to her and Sisko inside the wormhole. Kira immediately orders the station to be moved to the mouth of the wormhole so that Bajor can claim it before Gul Dukat does. Dukat, for his part, moves on the wormhole himself.
Meanwhile Sisko remains in the wormhole and is engaged in communication with the Prophets through words and images culled from his memory. They do not understand his linear existence and view him as a threat. Sisko tries to convince them otherwise as Dukat enters the wormhole. The Prophets disable the Cardassian ship, close the wormhole entrance, and demand an explanation from Sisko.
As Sisko's conversation continues, more Cardassians arrive and demand to know what has happened to Dukat. Kira informs them that Dukat was swallowed by the wormhole, but Gul Jassad, their leader, does not believe her. He has his ships prepare for battle.
Back in the wormhole, Sisko continues to try and explain why humans value their linear existence using his memories. He shows them the game of baseball to explain why human beings embrace linear existence. They, however, ask him why he keeps returning to the day Jennifer died. Realizing that he is constantly reliving the past, the Prophets note that Sisko's existence is not terribly linear after all, something he admits to.
Sisko's runabout emerges from the wormhole as the Cardassians are attacking the station. He is towing Dukat's ship, taking the fight out of the others. Dukat orders them to stand down and the Cardassians retreat.
A few days later Sisko meets with Picard again. He tells Picard that the wormhole aliens have agreed to allow safe passage for ships through the wormhole and into the Gamma Quadrant. He also asks Picard to not seek out a replacement for him because he now wishes to remain on Deep Space Nine. Picard reluctantly agrees, leaving Deep Space Nine in Sisko's hands.