An honorable Klingon captain named M'aQ'betH receives a prophecy from three witches of Feklhr that one day he will become Emperor of Qo'nos. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, M'aQ'betH betrays Emperor Kahless and takes the Klingon empire for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia. Forced to commit more and more dishonorable murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion, he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler. The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take the Alpha Quadrant into the realms of madness and death.