| The U.S.S. Enterprise
must cross an empty sector of space on their way to deliver supplies to
colony Beta VI. In this space, they find an uncharted planet whose
presence can't be explained. After Kirk and Sulu disappear without
apparent reason, Spock orders McCoy and geophysicist Lt. Karl Jaeger to
the planet's surface to begin a search.
They find Trelane,
a humanoid with tremendous psionic powers and a passion for Earth's
18th-century military history. It is he, they discover, who impulsively
kidnapped Kirk and Sulu, wanting to add them to his arena of the
Napoleonic era that he has created on this planet, Gothos.
Trelane has great powers, he has little self-control and is spoiled,
willful and impetuous. When McCoy and Jaeger appear, Trelane invites
them all to join him at his party.
Spock manages to
beam them aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise,
but Trelane, determined to have his way in all matters, transports the
entire bridge crew to Gothos for a banquet. Kirk challenges Trelane to
a duel and in the process, destroys the device the alien uses to create
his illusions. However, Trelane repairs it and prevents the U.S.S.
Enterprise from leaving orbit until he can punish Kirk for his rash
In exchange for
freedom for the U.S.S. Enterprise
and her crew, Kirk offers himself as the prey in a 'fox hunt.'
Suddenly, as Trelane is about to kill the Captain, two noncorporeal
beings appear. They explain to Kirk that they are Trelane's parents,
and apologize for letting their child play such dangerous games. They
then scold the errant child for his selfish behavior and temper
tantrums. They inform Trelane that he will not be allowed to have
another planet to play with until he learns how to treat other beings