Cmmander Kaaj returns to exact revenge on his new "old enemy" for the events of issue #2. To even the odds, he manages to coax Pike off Enterprise and onto a farming world below. Kaaj's bloodlust seems insatiable when he loses his entire crew in pursuit of Pike. In a final, one-on-one confrontation with Kaaj planetside, Kaaj is ultimately defeated by Pike somehow getting his coordinates to Enterprise. Pitcairn beams Pike back, and the Enterprise leaves the humiliated Kaaj alone, on the planet, with no ship of his own in which to escape.