Recovered wreckage points to the location of a Cardassian ship that was carrying Bajoran prisoners that disappeared just before the end of the Occupation, including the man who recruited Major Kira into the Resistance. She sets out to find the ship, but the Cardassians want one of their officers to accompany her — Dukat, much to her chagrin, and it turns out that he too has some personal interest in this ship. Meanwhile, Kasidy Yates has news that makes Sisko a bit uncomfortable.
- Dead All Along: Kira's friend, though she and Dukat are able to rescue the other prisoners.
- Due to the Dead: According to Dukat, Cardassian funeral rites don't permit non-Cardassians to watch. Kira actually goes with it.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Dukat tells Kira he intends to kill his daughter so he won't be disgraced, but only so Kira will stop him.
- Face Death with Dignity: Ziyal decides that if she can't be with her father after waiting for him her entire life, she would rather die, and tells Dukat so while walking right toward the gun he has pointed at her. Dukat can't bring himself to go through with killing her after hearing that.
- Motive Misidentification: When Kira finds out about Ziyal, she assumes Dukat is trying to rescue the girl. Dukat clarifies his true purpose is to kill Ziyal to keep the affair a secret. Then goes back as Kira realizes Dukat was trying to rescue Ziyal and told her the story so Kira would stop him.
- Non-Human Humanoid Hybrid: Bajoran-Cardassian children apparently weren't uncommon during the occupation. Even Dukat had one.
- Offing the Offspring: Dukat's intended purpose on the mission. In the end, he can't go through with it.
- Pain-Powered Leap: Dukat, when he gets a sharp spine right in the ass. Both he and Kira find it Actually Pretty Funny.
- Rank Up: Judging by his uniform, Dukat has been promoted to Legate since we last saw him.