But first there is a dinner party at the Becketts. Jenny is invited, as are Jonathan Archer, Malcolm Reed and Hoshi Sato. Lili is pregnant, the dinner is a happy one, and all seems to be going well, but Malcolm is struck by a remembered infatuation.
The Beckett family is brought aboard, but the ship is confronted by a large cloaked vessel. It turns out to be a ship owned by an Andromeda Galaxy species, the Zetal. They and their agents, who are of a species called Witannen, and their henchmen, who are of a mercenary species called Imvari, kidnap a total of ten people for their own purposes.
The kidnapped are brought to a large holding center with several other species. The purpose is to pair them up for breeding, as that ship is about to leave the galaxy. The Zetal want them to play war games.
Upon rescue, it is determined that Melissa is pregnant with Doug's child. The two of them, Lili and Malcolm, decide to continue the unconventional relationship, bringing in Melissa's lesbian lover, Leonora Digiorno, as Lili and Doug change their commitment to that of an open marriage.