After taking the Enterprise to a Earth-orbiting spacedock for repairs, Captain Picard is recovering from the injuries he suffered at the hands of the Borg, returns for the first time in twenty years to the 19th century French village where he grew up. He is greeted warmly by his sister in law and nephew, whom he has never met. Then meeting with his older brother, Robert, who feels that Picard is arrogant, is filled with animosity.
Back on the Enterprise, Lt. Worf receives an unexpected visit from his adoptive human parents Sergey and Helena Rozhenko. Being a Klingon, he becomes uncomfortable with their displays of emotion. His coldness upsets his mother, but Guinan later explains to her that their son always looks towards home. Comforted by her words, the couple assures Worf they may not understand everything about being a Klingon, but they will always stand by and love him.
Meanwhile, Doctor Crusher receives a package she left in storage when she left Earth. It is a holographic message for Wesley from his late father, Jack Crusher, made when Wesley was only ten weeks old. She is unsure about giving the message to Wesley, but Counselor Troi convinces her it may help Wesley understand the kind of man his father was. When Wesley sees the message, he is surprised his father was a young man like himself. Wesley becomes deeply moved by his father's expression of hope for the future and the love he had for his baby son.
Back in his village, Picard gets an offer from an old friend to head a project on Earth and he finds himself seriously considering the job. While Picard tries to make a decision, his brother torments him telling him he has changed. The argument leads to the both of them fighting, but is resolved when the rivals laugh and are caught playing in the mud. Picard shares an emotional moment with his brother when he reveals his guilt over his inability to fight the Borg after they kidnapped him.
As the ship prepares to leave the spacedock, it appears that more than the ship was repaired. Worf shares a final tender moment with his parents. Wesley says goodbye to his father he finally feels he knows. Picard reconciles with his brother and begins his psychological recovery, with Counselor Troi, from his experience with the Borg.