VENTURIUS SECTOR – On his way to planet Avronis V, Captain Ben Livingston, commanding officer of the USS Columbia, has gone missing in Romulan territory.
On Starbase 118, the crew of the Columbia had been enjoying a relaxing barbecue in a holodeck, during which promotions and awards were presented by Captain Livingston. A few days later during shoreleave, the crew discovered that an urgent request for help by the Romulans had forced their captain to take the captain’s yacht Kumari to Avronis V. The Columbia, under temporary command of Lt. Cmdr. Brek, was to join Livingston as soon as repairs and restocking were completed.
Two days later, following a spate of bad repairs from Starbase 118, and fearing that someone was trying to delay their mission, Brek decided to start their journey to Avronis ahead of schedule. Several hours later Columbia tried to contact Captain Livingston and discovered that they couldn’t trace the Kumari.
“It appears that we may have an issue with the shuttlecraft modifications,” said Lt. JG Theo Whittaker, one of Columbia’s engineers. “Ensign Oori reports that two new power cells are defective and the metaphasic sensors aboard the Bhujerba were out of alignment by a significant amount.”
On Avronis’ Moon Station, Administrator tr’Lleodah was reassured to see that nature was making a quiet come back to his planet. Emboldened by this, he prepared a little reception to receive Captain Livingston. On Avronis itself though, things are far from being pleasant. The staff working in the recycling stations suffered a spell of dangerous accidents that menaced their health and forced the shut down of several facilities, slowing down their recycling program.
Moments later, unbeknown to everyone, as soon as he reached Avronis, Captain Livingston was captured by Major Nelkar, a Tal Shiar agent trapped in an underground facility on the planet.