Stardate: 53679.4 Voyager receives a distress call from someone from Voyager's past; a long dead crewman! This person is under attack from a larger ship, but Voyager is able to rescue her. She tells the crew she is Ensign Lyndsay Ballard, even though her appearance has radically changed. Voyager learns she was found by a race that is made up from the inactive persons they find of other races. Voyager's attempts to return her to her former state appear to succeed, but her inevitable end can not be denied. The ship that appeared to be attacking her, was really trying to return her to her new existence.
While chasing a renegade Maquis ship in the Badlands, the USS Voyager and the Maquis ship they are chasing are pulled into a vortex, which sends them instantly to the Delta Quadrant. However, after the destruction of the device that transported them to the Delta Quadrant, the crew of Voyager and the crew of the Maquis ship must join together to fight their way back to their home in the Alpha quadrant, which is many years away. They will meet many foes and many obstacles along the way, but they will also bond as a crew, between those of the Maquis and those of Starfleet.