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Rigellian fever, an extremely deadly plague, strikes the U.S.S.
Enterprise crew. Kirk, Spock and McCoy beam down to a supposedly
uninhabited planet, Holberg 917-G, in search of the only known antidote,
ryetalyn. To their surprise, they encounter Flint and his daughter,
Rayna. Not pleased to have visitors, Flint orders his robot to gather
and process ryetalyn, while the three officers are entertained by his
daughter. Due to the robot contaminating the first batch of antidote,
McCoy tells it another must be made. In the meantime, Kirk and Rayna
have become attracted to each other, to Flint's jealous objection.
Spock has discovered, to his puzzlement, old masterpieces on modern
supplies, i.e. a da Vinci painting done with modern oils on new canvas
and an unknown Brahms waltz, written on new paper. Flint explains that
he is an immortal, who wandered the Earth for centuries in various
personas, including Brahms and da Vinci. He came to this planet to
retire in peace and built the "Rayna" android as his companion. He had
hoped that her involvement with Kirk would speed up her emotional
growth, but now he has become hopelessly jealous. Not understanding such
intense emotions, Rayna short-circuits and "dies."
The landing party takes the ryetalyn and returns to the Enterprise.
McCoy tells them that Flint, too, will soon perish because what made him
immortal was the atmosphere of Earth. Leaving it robbed him of that
In a surprisingly compassionate gesture, Spock uses a Vulcan mind touch
to erase the painful memories of Rayna from Kirk's mind.