Starfleet's Admiral Terral orders Discovery to withdraw from Pahvo, despite the fact that the action would most likely lead to the inevitable demise of the Pahvans. Lorca, not wanting to disobey a direct order or leave the planet with its peaceful civilization unprotected, orders a course to Starbase 46 at Warp 5, rather than using the spore drive. With the added time, the Discovery crew devise a method to detect the cloaked Klingon "Ship of the Dead".
Burnham and Saru work together to solve the problem of the Klingon’s cloaking ability. They have a solution in mind, however it requires sending a boarding party aboard the Klingon vessel. Once onboard, sensors would be installed that would transmit data back to Discovery that could then be used in an algorithm to combat the cloaking technology. It's a viable solution, but it will take days to gather sufficient data about the ship. Lorca, who has been studying the previous jumps made by Stamets, realizes that a series of micro-jumps would allow Discovery to obtain all of the data they need in a fraction of the time. In reviewing Lorca's data on his jumps, Stamets realizes that the data, and subsequent micro-jumps, may provide the secrets to parallel dimensions or even time travel. With that in mind, Stamets agrees to make the jumps - all 133 of them.
The Discovery jumps back to Pahvo after detecting the impending arrival of the Klingon "Ship of the Dead". In order to attack Discovery, Kol orders the de-cloaking of his ship. Once he does, Tyler and Burnham beam aboard, masking their human life signs by pattern simulators that let them appear as Klingons. After installing the first of the transmitters, they detect a human life sign elsewhere on the ship. After a brief search, Tyler and Burnham locate the source of the human life sign - Admiral Cornwell. While Burnham tends to the Admiral, Tyler discovers someone else in the shadows - L'Rell.
Memories of Tyler's torture at the hands of L'Rell resurface in his mind, paralyzing him in post-traumatic fear. Burnham, realizing that Tyler is incapacitated, stuns L'Rell and proceeds to the bridge alone to place the second transmitter. Once she has activated the device, the Discovery jumps away. The Klingon vessel immediately cloaks, giving the Discovery crew the opportunity to perform the micro-jumps and to gather the necessary data to detect the cloaked vessel.
Meanwhile, Kol's crew discover the sabotage to their ship. In order to gain time, Burnham gives up her cover, reveals her identity as the one who killed T'Kuvma, and challenges Kol to a fight. As they battle, the Discovery completes the necessary micro-jumps, Saru analyzes the data of the scans, and the three Starfleet officers are beamed out of the Klingon vessel, along with L'Rell. With the algorithm to detect the cloaked vessel now completed, Lorca orders photon torpedoes to be fired, destroying the defenseless "Ship of the Dead".
After the encounter, while still plagued by his post-traumatic memories, Tyler visits L'Rell in the brig where the Klingon prisoner insinuates that the two have a common plan. Meanwhile, Lorca promises Stamets that he would have to perform a single, last jump to get the Discovery out of the range of the Klingons. Lorca plots a course, but as the jump commences Stamets screams while his chamber ices over. After Stamets is pulled from the chamber, his eyes go white and he mumbles something about being able to see everything.
On the bridge, Saru is unable to determine their position, however wreckage surrounds the Discovery.
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