The U.S.S. Enterprise arrives at the Vedala asteroid, where Kirk and Spock are
summoned to learn about a stolen religious artifact, the "Soul of the Skorr", whose theft could ignite a
galaxy-wide holy war, a jihad. Joining Kirk and Spock are a team of specialists called in to help recover the
item, which has been hidden on a very unstable "mad planet", Tchar -- the hereditary prince of the Skorr, Sord -- a
powerful reptilian, Em/3/Green -- a master lockpick , and Lara -- a great hunter.
Stephen Kandel, the author of this episode, also wrote the animated episode "Mudd's Passion", as well as the original series episodes "Mudd's Women", and "I, Mudd".