Aboard Voyager, the crew holds a memorial service and Janeway offers any assistance the USS Equinox crew may need. Max (the first officer from the Equinox) greets B’Elanna and as it turns out, they had a relationship, many years earlier at the Academy – which subsequently makes Paris jealous. Janeway and Ransom discuss their experiences in the Delta Quadrant and it soon becomes apparent the two share different ideals for coming with their respective situations. Sometime later, Ransom and Max meet in the empty mess hall and make secret plans. Meanwhile, the crew of Voyager is working diligently to protect both ships from more attacks by the aliens. Janeway decides that the best course of action is to salvage any functioning technology from the USS Equinox and get out of the area as fast as possible but the crew of the Equinox oppose the idea – forcing our favourite redhead to pull rank and tell Ransom to abandon his vessel. The disagreement with Janeway forces the crew to speed their secret plans – to steal the shield generator from USS Voyager.
Seven detects weird radiation emitting from the Equinox and the Doctor is sent to investigate. He finds evidence that the Equinox crew has been capturing some of the alien creatures and using their bodies as fuel for the Equinox warp drive. The Doctor subsequently discovers that meticulous and brutal experiments were performed on the aliens to perfect the conversion of the creatures into fuel – which explains why the aliens are attacking.
As Ransom and Max are about to transport Voyager's shield generator over to the Equinox they are stopped by Voyager security teams and brought to Janeway. Captain Ransom tries to justify their actions but Janeway imprisons them. Sometime later, while Janeway tries to make contact with the aliens, the Doctor returns to Equinox to get more information on the aliens and activates the EMH. He is surprised to find that his alter ego was the one who designed the cruel experiments used by the Equinox's crew on the aliens. The EMH explains that Captain Ransom deleted his morality program and then proceeds to deactivate Doc –stealing his portable holo-emitter and posing as the good Doctor. While this is taking place Seven continues her salvage operation in engineering aboard the Equinox.
Aboard Voyager, the EMH rescues the Equinox crew and transport back to their vessel – beaming over the Voyager shield generator and knocking Seven of Nine unconscious in the process. The Equinox crew then proceeds to warp out of the area. Alone in space again, the crew of Voyager discovers to their horror that the aliens have breached their security and that they are defenceless..