Quark is offered what is left of a destroyed ship from an old business associate. What is left of the ship is sold to him for a bargain price of three bars of gold pressed latinum. Upon inspecting the wreckage, Quark discovers a baby in on sealed chamber. Examining the baby reveals an incredible maturation rate. It isn't long before the baby becomes a fully-grown boy.
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.