Spock is unusually restless and ill-tempered. After he throws a bowl of soup at Nurse Chapel, Kirk insists on an answer and Spock reveals that he is in the early stages of Pon Farr, the Vulcan time of mating that occurs once every seven years. He must return to Vulcan to mate or he will die. Kirk goes against Starfleet and heads toward his friend's home planet, but the Vulcan ritual doesn't go as planned and Spock must soon fight Kirk to the death.
Star Trek chronicles the 23rd century adventures of the U.S.S. Enterprise, one of twelve state-of-the-art starships representing Starfleet, the exploration branch of the United Federation of Planets, an alliance of alien races including Earth, Vulcan, Tellar, and Andor.
Captain James T. Kirk, the youngest starship captain in the Fleet, commands the Enterprise with a combination of brashness, authority, and imagination. The half-Vulcan/half-human Mr. Spock serves as his extremely logical and efficient First Officer and Science Officer. The ship's chief medical officer is Dr. Leonard McCoy, who has supreme medical authority on the ship and tends to the physical and mental needs of the Enterprise's crew of approximately 430.
Other ranking crew members include: Montgomery Scott, a man dedicated to his ship engines but not adverse to a bit of shore leave; Hikaru Sulu, helmsman and a man of many hobbies ranging from botany to fencing, Nyota Uhura, the extremely competent head of Communications, and Pavel Chekov, brash young navigator with a fierce pride in his native Russia.