Captain Picard finds his mind jumping between the present (stardate 47988), the past during the Enterprise's mission to Farpoint Station, and 25 years in the future where Picard has retired to the family vineyard. These jumps occur without warning, and the resulting discontinuity in Picard's behavior often leaves Picard and those around him confused. In the present, he is ordered to take the Enterprise to the edge of the Romulan Neutral Zone to investigate a spatial anomaly that has appeared. In the future, he gains passage on USS Pasteur under command of his former wife, Beverly Crusher along with other former members of his crew to also travel to find the anomaly. In the past, however, despite having his mission to Farpoint Station cancelled by Starfleet due to the anomaly, he insists on traveling toward Farpoint, believing the Enterprise's encounter with Q to be more important. After reaching the place where he had encountered the Q net in Farpoint Station and finding nothing there, Picard enters his ready room, only to find himself once again in Q's courtroom. Q explains that he is responsible for Picard's time-skipping, and challenges Picard to solve the mystery of the anomaly, saying cryptically that Picard will destroy humanity.