The eve of battle finds crisis for new parents Amelia Moore and Rick Barlow. Romance blooms between Crewman Rostham and Dr. Brett Reese, as Cdr. Vreenak and LtCdr Hocevar realize their own needs stifled by duty and urgency. Others, such as Lt. Scott, prepare final messages in vain hope of their eventual receipt.Fleets collide before the timeless backdrop of space. Like chessmen, they move, gambit, risk, and feint all integral parts of the strategies employed. As the principal piece, Eternity herself, is moved onto the board, the “go” order is given for the away team.
Eternity bursts upon the scene, a weapon of such magnificent force to turn the tide of battle. Deep inside her, the away team labors to pinpoint it’s objectives, before containment fields and assault drones rain death upon them. LtCdr. Moore detects a possible escape route, and the team moves to cut the deck grating. Outside, the battle rages. Hope is seriously damaged, causing Capt. Barlow to order a retreat into the mine field. The seriously wounded Charlie Fleet makes a final, Kamikaze style plunge into the midst of their adversaries. Gabriel “Matrix” Logan wields Excalibur to strike at the heart of the beast, in a rending collision with Eternity. The impact is felt throughout the entire Borg Armada….Hope and her people stand in the eye of the hurricane.
The battlefield is becalmed. The away team resumes it’s progress, with some sensory guidance by Hope. Alteregoes drive Owen Scott and Colin Byrne toward courses of action, the consequences of which can only be guessed at. Empathically attuned minds, both aboard Hope and among the away team, begin to sense the subchannel of activity.
Sion awakes. Having deftly thwarted Colin’s attack, he toys with the human, delivering injurious, yet not fatal, blows. The remaining vessels of the fleets are not so fortunate. V’ger erupts in power and purpose, focusing deadly might upon Hope. Finding his vessel halved and dying, Capt. Barlow summons the final weapon in his arsenal. The release of Vreenak Omega I ensures Hope’s final breath to be it’s deadliest. In response, The Borg King retreats to his throne, uploading himself into the group consciousness before ordering the wholesale slaughter of half his minions in preparation for the final engagement. Aboard Eternity, the away team are ferociously attacked by wave after wave of homicidal drones, an assault broken only by the arrival of Cdr. Logan and his surviving crewmembers. A wounded Colin Byrne, having destroyed Sion’s abandoned body, undertakes pursuit of the Borg King, a journey he knows from which there is no return.
Now released from corporeal life, Colin Byrne finds himself in the machine consciousness of the Borg. He hunts for Sion, all the while shutting down armed response and attempting to end Borg on Borg slaughter. Aboard Eternity, the away team fights it’s way out of the turbolift shaft. Marisol takes a leg wound, something she’s unaware of until noticed by Dr. Reese. Former shipmates, now assimilated, come to the attack as Logan tends to fend them off, aided by the unseen hand of Colin. Brett Reese and crewman Rostham fight for each other, as Lt. Scott moves the team to the primary objective. Aboard Hope, all is silent, until Gerrick, the scheming Red King, transports onto the bridge.