In this episode, the Voyager crew find yet another promising way home. Before the episode began, Voyager had recieved a message from star fleet headquarters, but the transmition was sent through the hirogen relay system. As a result, the message is encrypted, and B’ Elanna has not been able to decipher it. In fact, nobody has decoded the entire message, only a fuzzy image about one second long. That’s all they could make out; That is, until Arturis came aboard.

Arturis was on a nearby planet, and helped Neelix obtain necessary suplies for the ship. Janeway welcomes him aboard, and soon learns that Arturis’ people have a knack for foreign languages. When Neelix encountered an unknown species back on the planet, the Universal Translator couldn’t make any sense of what they were saying. Arturis, even though he was not familiar with the language, used his talent to decode the language. He did a remarkable job. When Arturis learns of the encoded message from star fleet, he instantly offers to help, saying he is familiar with some translator codes that might do the trick.

The message is decoded successfully, and tells of a nearby location where a way home has been provided for Voyager by star fleet. The crew is overjoyed, all except Seven. She still remains suspicious, considering the borg have never assimilated Arturis’ kind before. When Voyager arrives at the said location, the crew discovers a starship, known as Dauntless, which is uninhabited. An away team explores its interior to discover that it uses slip stream technology, which is much faster than even Warp 10. They also discover another message, not encoded this time, saying that Dauntless was a prototype for slipstream technology which proved successful upon each test. It was for this reason that star fleet sent it to the Delta Quadrant as Voyager’s “getaway car” in a sense.

The crew is ecstatic, even Janeway. However, even she is hesitant. If she were to get home this way, she’d have to abandon Voyager in the Delta Quadrant. Voyager had become as much as part of the crew as any living crew member. Tuvok, of course, does not understand, but Janeway still feels some kind of affection towards her ship. In addition to this, it all seems too easy.

An encoded message that was so easily decoded by someone else. A ship, fit to hold all the crew, just waiting for them. And a method of transportation faster than ever, that could get them home in a few months. It’s all too good to be true, as the crew soon discovers.

Janeway and Seven go back over the encoded message and the one Arturis produced. As it turns out, his was a fabrication, and they discover the real message by applying another translator code. The real message is basically just a “hello, we’re working on a way to get you home, but haven’t come up with anything yet. Good luck!” Sad, but very different from the other message. Seven and Janeway go aboard the Dauntless to investigate, only to betrapped by Arturis. As it turns out, the ship was his ship which he disguised to look like a star fleet vessal. With them on board, he goes into slipstream, headed straight for a borg cube. His plan was originally to get the whole crew on the ship, and send them on an irreversable autopilot destination in borg space. Since he was discovered, Arturis believes two will be enough. Janeway and Seven both inquire why, so Arturis tells them.

Arturis’ people were evading the borg for ages successfully. When they got word of species 8472, his people cheered them on. They praised the species that meant the death of the borg. Voyager took that chance away, and formed an alliance with the borg, Arturis’ enemies. Soon, his people were assimilated, one by one. He evaded them, vowing to get revenge. His revenge was leading Voger straight to assimilation.

Meanwhile, Chakotay manages to use an experimental slipstream drive they had installed on Voyager to catch up with Arturis. Soon, Voyager is within transporter range, and beams Janeway and Seven back. Voyager creates a different slipstream, going the other direction, just before hitting borg space. Within a few moments, Dauntless arrives in borg space, with only Arturis aboard. He knows resistance is futile.

Voyager could not stay in the slipstream for long, so it soon exits it, traveling using the warp drive once again. Even that little bit of travel, though, took many years off their journey home.