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Assistant Federation Commissioner Nancy
Hedford has become ill while trying to stop a war on Epsilon Canaris
III. The shuttlecraft Galileo is assigned to take her to the
U.S.S. Enterprise, where she will receive treatment for the otherwise
fatal Sakuro's disease.
En route, the shuttlecraft is pulled off course by a mysterious, cloud-like
entity. Deposited safely on the planet Gamma Canaris N, Kirk and his
party meet Zefram Cochrane, the scientist that discovered warp drive
over 100 years before. But Cochrane appears young and vital, despite
his age. The cloud-like creature, whom Cochrane calls the "Companion,"
has kept him young and handsome over the years. The Companion captured
the Galileo in order to give Cochrane human companionship.
The Companion prevents Spock from repairing the disabled shuttlecraft
and Kirk is worried that Nancy Hedford will die before they can get
her to the U.S.S. Enterprise for treatment.
By using a translating device, Kirk discovers that the cloud entity
has a female personality and is in love with Cochrane, who doesn't care
for that idea at all. He's fallen in love with Nancy Hedford and agrees
to help destroy the cloud creature so that they can save Nancy's life.
When that attempt fails, the cloud creature enters Nancy's body, saving
her life, healing her. In this way, the Companion can know human love
with Cochrane and Nancy Hedford's life can be saved. With the Companion
no longer holding him on the planet, Cochrane is free to leave, but
decides to remain with what is now Nancy/Companion. As the landing party
departs, Cochrane and his new mate contemplate children and a normal