The primary plot of the episode deals with William Riker's decision about taking a command of his own, complicated by the briefing he must receive on the assignment from his estranged father, Kyle Riker (played by Mitchell Ryan). While initially very reluctant to listen to his father's attempt to reconcile, an anbo-jitsu match finally forces him to listen, and reconcile with his father.
The secondary plot point revolves around Worf who is acting more agitated than usual. It is eventually learned that Worf has missed an important Klingon ceremony marking the anniversary of his Age of Ascension. The crew recreates the ritual on the holodeck, permitting him to return to normal.