Paris arrives late to the bridge as a distress call is picked up. Voyager rescues a dying Vidiian woman. The Doctor works to save her in Sickbay. He creates a hologram of her to assist him; a hologram which looks and acts the way she would if she were healthy. Her name is Denara Pel and she is a physician, ready and able to help heal her own body. The Doctor soon realizes he is falling in love with Dr. Pel, but has trouble sorting out his feelings toward the vibrant hologram and the real, dying patient.
Torres' past mistreatment at the hands of the Vidiians causes her to be reluctant to help Dr. Pel—Klingon DNA has been shown to be resistant to the Phage, the disease afflicting the Vidiians— but she soon relents.
Sandrine's bar makes a reappearance, a long-standing holo-location that many members of the crew enjoy.