Stardate 44995.3. The Klingon Empire is poised on the brink of civil war. The role of arbiter of succession falls to captain Jean-Luc Picard. The sisters of Duras are to present a new candidate and the daughter of a long-dead Starfleet officer turns up unexpectedly. Covering his own disgrace, Duras had falsely implicated Klingon Worf's father in the Romulan massacre, forcing the dishonour of discommendation upon him. Trying to seize control of the empire, Duras poisoned the High Council leader and killed Worf's friend, Worf took revenge by killing Duras. This feature length story takes up the story, where Worf leaves Starfleet to help fight in the Civil War on the side of Gowron.