Stardate 47581.2: Chief O'Brien, aboard a Runabout, commences a personal log detailing the last 52 hours of an even that is linked to a Paradan peace conference aboard Deep Space Nine. Starting from the beginning, O'Brien records how all of those that he knows best aboard DS9 began to distance themselves from him in a very calculated manner.
When the Cardassian occupation of Bajor ended in 2369, the mining space station Terok Nor was left abandoned, its systems ripped out. By invitation of the Bajoran provisional government, Starfleet stepped in to oversee the rebuilding and day-to-day operations of the newly christened Deep Space Nine.
The years of Starfleet's nonintervention into Cardassian matters, however, had taken its toll on relations with the Bajorans. Consequently, Starfleet's position was a tenuous one; many Bajorans, suspicious and hostile as a result of decades of Cardassian oppression and brutality, did not greet the Federation's presence with open arms. The Federation's assistance is put to the test as DS9 becomes a center of travel and commerce that stretches into the Gamma Quadrant.