The USS Nobel, an Olympic-class ship, was damaged and boarded in an encounter with Romulan forces near the Cirini Prime System. Captain Sepek was killed leaving Lt. Commander Ran in charge. The senior officers were beamed down to a planet and forced to research Borg technology for the Romulans. The junior crew members were able to overpower their guards and start working on repairs to the ship. By the time the senior officers were being rescued the transporters had been brought online. After Lt. Commander Ran was finally beamed aboard final repairs were finished on the engines allow the USS Nobel to warp back to Starbase 39-Sierra.