The USS Enterprise-D has been assigned to investigate a loss of contact with the SS Tsiolkovsky, which had been assigned to observe the final days of a dying red supergiant star.
This prompts Commander Riker to stand up and head to the turbolift, followed by Data, Geordi La Forge and Natasha Yar, to beam over to the Tsiolkovsky.
As they leave, Worf reports to Picard that there are no life signs on board the ship.
On the Tsiolkovsky, the ship is on red alert as the away team spreads out to investigate the ship.
The corridors are quiet, but are littered with discarded items and food. Data states that the mess in the corridor indicates a "wild party", to which Riker agrees.
They approach a distorted screen which Riker makes out as the bridge.
Data successfuly repairs the screen to clear the static, to which they see the bridge is empty of all loose items, and people; and is open to space; the emergency hatch was indeed blown.Riker remarks the crew were all sucked out into space, to which Data corrects him, stating that they were instead "blown out." Yar contacts Riker from Engineering, stating that ten people present there are frozen.Someone had modified the environmental controls, venting all heat into space.In the crew quarters, La Forge witnesses many nude or barely clothed bodies, all frozen.He enters the bathroom and opens the shower to find a fully-clothed woman frozen, who falls in his arms.Riker contacts the Enterprise to submit his report. In Doctor Crusher's office, the doctor and Deanna Troi are analyzing the tricorder readings from the away team to ascertain what happened to the Tsiolkovsky's crew.