Synopsis: Two Bajoran factions in dispute over territory enlist Sisko’s aid in negotiations. One faction, led by a inexperienced child named Varis, is holding lands claimed by the other faction, led by Wolban. The original boundary between the two is a river which had been diverted from its course by the Cardassians. Varis is befriended by Jake and Nog, who help her to find a compromise.
Meanwhile, Dr. Bashir and Chief O’Brien travel to Bajor to tend to an ailing leader of a village. The leader, known as The Sirah, is responsible for chasing away the Dal Mok that visits the village for 5 nights every year. The Dal Mok is a fearsome storm made up of unknown energy and The Sirah (or Storyteller) is the only one who can chase it away. When the Sirah dies of old age, he chooses O’Brien as his successor.