The Federation is reaching its limits. Every day dozens of ships are destroyed and thousands of brave men and women are killed in the line of duty. Ships can be easily replaced but not Starfleet’s finest. Somehow Starfleet has been able to keep up the influx of personnel and shortages are rarely reported. No one has found a need to question Starfleet’s surprising efficiency, but for one Starfleet officer, a malfunction at a medical starbase could provide the unwanted answer. This mission starts at the Briar Patch in the Risa Sector, Beta Quadrant.