|En route to Ferenginar, Jake and Nog are attacked by a
Jem'Hadar vessel. When they are suddenly beamed aboard the U.S.S.
Valiant, a Defiant-class warship, Nog recognizes the crew of young
adults as Red squad, an elite corps of Starfleet cadets. The
22-yeard-old captain, Tim Watters, explains that his crew, originally on
a training mission, became trapped in Dominion space when the war broke
out. All of the regular officers were killed, but before he died, the
captain ordered Watters to assume command. With Starfleet unaware of the
situation, Watters is trying to compete the Valiant's mission to gather
data on a new Dominion battleship. Caught up in Watter's fervor, Nog
agrees to join the crew as Chief Engineer.