Stardate: 41365.9 The Enterprise rendezvouses with Starbase 74 in order to have its systems checked and upgrades made. While the crew takes some time off, four members from the species known as the Bynar work feverishly on the ship's computer system.
Stardate: 41416.2 While Wesley takes the entrance exam to Starfleet Academy, the Enterprise is investigated by the Inspector General's office and Picard's competency is questioned.
While examining the solar flares of the sun Delos, the Enterprise receives a distress signal from a freighter that is about to crash on a nearby planet. Moving into position as fast as possible, the Enterprise readies to beam up the seemingly inexperienced crew.
Stardate: 41601.3 When Troi's shuttle crashes on an alien planet, a new being is discovered: an entity that thrives on the suffering of others. The rescue attempt results in the death of a crewman.
Stardate: 41775.5 Picard suspects a large-scale conspiracy when he witnesses strange behavior among Starfleet's high ranking officers.