Captain Knapp discusses information collected by a probe passing through a remote area of the Briar Patch with Commander Johns. It is suggested that it might be a Federation signal, and Starfleet has ordered an investigation.
Commander Johns reports that the Excelsior is still undergoing repairs after the last Grey attack. With Knapp aware of the situation and also concerned with negotiations with the Tzenkethi, he sends the Commander with the USS Independence to investigate.
Johns reports that the Independence lost most of her crew during the last rotation, so with permission from Knapp, Johns reassigns some of the Excelsior's crew to join the investigation.