Voyager is sought after by the Hazari, unyielding bounty hunters of the Delta Quadrant. While debating methods of escape, a group of alien problem-solvers offer their services in out-witting the Hazari. They are inadvertently given the name "Think Tank" by Janeway. They claim to have cured the Vidiian Phage among other accomplishments. Kurros proposes a payment method to Janeway: Quantum slipstream technology, a recipe from Neelix, an Olmec artifact owned by Chakotay, and Seven of Nine herself.
Janeway declines the payment and decides to continue to fight the Hazari on their own. Voyager later captures a lone Hazari ship. They are able to figure out from the ship's computer that the Malon put the bounty on them. However, after more unscrambling of an isomorphic signature, the payer is apparently Kurros.
With the Hazari, Voyager comes up with a plan to use Seven as bait to get inside the Think Tank and disable the device that enables them to communicate. They pull a fake attack and have Seven go on a shuttle that is drawn to the Think Tank's ship in subspace. Seven is able to reveal the Think Tank ship to the Hazari, making the group vulnerable. The last shot shows Kurros' ship being attacked by the Hazari and the latter opening heavy fire, while Voyager goes to warp.