Life on DS9 is rarely uneventful.
Spy turned tailor turned endorphin addict, Garak, counts his days as an implant in his brain starts malfunctioning. For all the eager help Dr Julian Bashir has to offer, Garak knows winding up at the infirmary isn't an option. Choosing the way to self-medication, he must strike deals to survive – with the Ferengi bartender, Quark, but also with a newcomer: Melekor Kel offers the tailor to procure him with treptacederine if he'll help him find out the identity of his father on Cardassia.
While Melekor tries to find the family his Betazoid mother hid from him, his new friend, the Vulcan-Trill doctor Timun Lykes, tries to evade his own father's blackmail. Amidst family problems, medical secrets start being uncovered, and this quest for roots hurls Melekor and those around him into an intrigue wrought in the darkness of intelligence services and invisible wars.
Ultimately, this is a story exploring the consequences of unequal investment in friendship, and the struggles of internalized discrimination and racial prejudice in one's search for identity and a place in society, all while exploring different cultures and their values and moral/ethic perspectives.