Earth freighter comes under attach from Nausicaans...
Enterprise receives a transmission from Star Fleet, telling them to go check out the frieghter, which sent a distress call, apparently. Enterprise nips over to take a look.
With no response from radio, they take a pod over to see what's up. The first officer of the Fortunate, Ryan, says thanks for coming, but they don't need help. Archer insists on lending a hand though, and Phlox takes a look at their injured captain. Ryan reluctantly allows Archer to send more aid, but the freighter crew is hiding a captive Nausicaan.
The show Ryan around the Enterprise, and take him for a meal. Mayweather appears to be bonding. Dude, stop chatting him up. He suggests Ryan could join Star Fleet, seeing as there are more NX ships on the droawing board and they'll need more experienced crews. The questions then start getting personal, and Mayweather starts getting annoyed.
T'Pol detects the Nausicaan's life signs, and tells Archer. They confront Ryan about it, and he denies everything, at first, anyway. Ryan says Star Fleet doesn't have jurisdiction on his ship, so Archer orders Trip to remove the spare parts they installed - he caves, but then leads them into a trap, anyway.
Yay! Fragging! Ryan cheats by shooting a hole in the outer hull, then locking the Enterprise crewmembers in the cargo pod and jettisoning it. The Fortunate shoots at Enterprise, and goes to warp before they can retaliate.
They set about tracking the Fortunate, who are apparently after the Nausicaans. Ryan smacks his prisoner around to get shield frequencies and crap. His crew's starting to get a bit anxious over his tactics.
Mayweather goes and tells Archer they shouldn't be trying to stop the Freighter crew to go after the Nausicaans. Archer doesn't think they should let Ryan go around blowing up Nausicaan ships.
The Fortunate locates the ship that attacked them and they attemp to engae it in combat... but find they've run into a Nausicaan base. But the shield frequencies are ineffective, and the Fortunate comes under attack. The Nausicaans grab on to their ship.
Enterprise detects distant weapons fire and goes to investigate.
The Fortunate crew fight back against the boarders. Why don't they just seal off the corridor and vent the atmosphere? Enterprise turns up and starts with the diplomacy. Archer says "Back off or we'll kick your arses" basically, then has a chat with Ryan. Mayweather gives a long speech about how Ryan's motivated by revenge instead of altruism, and talks him into surrendering the prisoner. The Nausicaans leave the Fortunate and power down their weapons.
Archer talks to the Captain of the Fortunate, who says he's demoted Ryan back down to able crewman. Archer won't go drink booze with him though. Teh end.