Captain Archer and Ensign Mayweather are detained by the Tandarans in a Suliban internment camp. Learning of the Suliban's persecution by the Tandarans, Archer enlists the aid of Enterprise and his crew.
Captain Archer and Ensign Mayweather wake up in a Tandaran prison. They are soon met by an officer, Major Klev, who enters the cell-area and orders them both to the office of Colonel Grat. Grat interrogates them in detail regarding their intrusion into Tandaran space and the Suliban, and says that they will have to appear before a magistrate in three days time. He also refuses to allow Archer to contact the Enterprise, but does so himself and appraises them of the current situation. Upon hearing this, Trip advocates an escape attempt, but Subcommander T'Pol prefers to avoid provoking the Tandarans further and orders the Enterprise to Tandar Prime.
Later, in their cell, Archer meets a Suliban called Danik, who tells him that they are in Detention Complex 26, an internment camp for Suliban imprisoned when the Cabal began attacking the Tandaran Sector eight years previously. At the midday-inspection, Klev removes Archer from the line-up to speak to Grat alone. In his office, Grat asks Archer in detail about the events of the "Broken Bow" incident and also demands information about the Cabal and the Temporal Cold War, but Archer says nothing. Archer then wonders aloud why innocent Suliban are being held prisoner, but Grat warns that delaying his questioning could result in Archer missing the transport to Tandar Prime, with the next one being in sixty days.
Grat later reports to the Enterprise that the hearing has unfortunately been "delayed." Lt. Reed and Ensign Sato, however, locate the source of the signal and T'Pol orders the Enterprise to Complex 26. That night, a communicator is beamed to Archer and Mayweather's cell. Archer tells Commander Tucker not to transport them out as he wants to help the Suliban escape. Danik says that the Suliban can pilot their ships to the Niburon Colonies, away from the Tandar Sector. The following morning, Archer again refuses to give information to Grat. Grat then produces the communicator and Archer is sent to isolation as punishment.
Aboard the Enterprise, Tucker and T'Pol plan the escape. Grat uses the communicator to warn T'Pol not to try anything, but T'Pol jams the frequency by sending copies of the human and Vulcan databases. In orbit, T'Pol uses torpedoes to ward off the Tandaran defense-ships before clearing Trip to launch in a shuttle-pod. Mayweather distracts Klev to allow a Suliban-disguised Reed to activate charges and begin the escape. Reed frees Archer before being stunned by Grat. Grat rants that the Suliban will all go to join the Cabal. Archer says that Grat doesn't know the Suliban very well, despite having been in charge for a long time. The Enterprise and the Suliban then make their escape.