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Stardate: 41775.5 Picard suspects a large-scale conspiracy when he witnesses strange behavior among Starfleet's high ranking officers.
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.
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.
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.