While patrolling near the Romulan Neutral Zone, the U.S.S. Enterprise finds a ship manned by Carter Winston, a Federation citizen and philanthropist who has been missing for five years.
Winston turns out really to be a Vendorian, an alien species that can transform its shape at will and dupes the crew to board the Enterprise. Once aboard, Winston renders Kirk unconscious, takes the Captain's form and orders Sulu to steer the Enterprise into the Neutral Zone, where Romulan warbirds lie in wait. The Vendorian who has been shapeshifting himself into other members of the Enterprise's crew eventually reveals himself to Lieutenant Anne Nored, Carter Winston's fiancee who happens to serve aboard the Enterprise, that the real Winston is dead but that since he has absorbed Carter's feelings for her, he can love her.
Around this time, the Romulans attack the Enterprise and the Vendorian—realizing that his actions have placed the ship in danger—decides to betray his Romulan masters for love. He takes the form of the Enterprise's main deflector shield and the Romulans retreat. The Vendorian is... Read More