Behold the idol who demands the death of the three strangers!
- Captain's log: star date 19:24.3 In standard orbit around the uncharted planet we have named Neesan, our sensors and scanners have brought back strange tidings...
Spock discovers lifeforms on the planet. The lifeforms are at the Stone Age level of development and Captain Kirk orders that the crew observe the Prime Directive and not interfere in their culture. Kirk decides to lead a landing party down to the surface to quietly observe the inhabitants.
On arrival on the surface, the party is attacked by primitive men riding pterodactyls and carrying spears. After a brief fight with the primitives, Kirk and his party surrender to the men to avoid any unnecessary bloodshed. As Spock calls via communicator to check on the party's progress, it is smashed by a primitive who is frightened by the "spirit voice in a small box".
Kirk and his party are led into a cave system where they are put before Lok-the-Wise, who tells Kirk that she "saw" the landing party tresspassing on the sacred ground of Unruho using her telepathic abilities. The penalty for trespassing is death, and they are led to face the statue of Unruho, and discover that it is the image of Spock, flanked by strange carved creatures. The party attempt to make their escape but are stopped by Lok after she blows Backi tree powder from the local trees that put the party to sleep.
Kirk's head is on the execution block when Spock is beamed into the area and is instantly hailed as Unruho. Kirk, McCoy and Scotty awaken to find maidens ministering to them. Spock dismisses the natives, who are called the Tol people; he does not know why they have made a statue of him. The Tol are about to be attacked by the Kovars, a more savage tribe, but the Enterprise officers must not aid them. Scotty is enjoying Lok's company when they are charged by a Kovar advance guard riding a powerful creature...
- Captain's log: star date 19.24.5 For some unexplained reason, the Tol people of the planet Neesan believe Mr. Spock to be a god, which saved the rest of us from execution. But then we found ourselves in the middle of a war...
Scotty carries Lok into the woods, and they rejoin the others. The Enterprise officers beam back to the ship, Scotty fondly bidding Lok farewell. Back on the Enterprise, McCoy points out that Lok took Scotty's phaser; Kirk and Scotty beam back down to recover it and preserve the Prime Directive. They dodge a party of mounted Kovars, but must go around them to get to the Tols. The two tribes meet in battle. Lok draws the phaser to protect the idol, but Scotty and Kirk climb over the carved head of Spock to confront her. She threatens to kill Scotty, but Kirk kicks the phaser from her hand, and he and Scotty escape. Kirk uses his phaser to cause a rockslide, cutting off their Kovar pursuers, but more Kovars appear and knock them unconscious.
On the Enterprise, Spock realizes why the Tols consider him a god: early in the Enterprise's mission, on the planet Dukar, Spock encountered a huge creature similar to those carved on either side of the idol of Unruho. Briefly panic-stricken, Spock sent out an uncontrolled telepathic cry for help before stopping the creature with his phaser. Lok received Spock's message, mistook it for a vision of Unruho and ordered the carving of the statue.
The Kovars destroy the idol and prepare to burn Kirk and Scotty to death, but Spock again appears and is hailed as Unruho by the Tols. Jeebo, the Kovars' chief, refuses to believe in Spock's divinity and tries to hit him with an ax, but Spock uses the transporter to disappear from one spot and reappear in another. Jeebo is restrained by his followers, who now believe Spock is Unruho. The Tols and Kovars pledge to live in peace. Lok promises to build a much larger statue of Spock, but he tells her to build no idols to him: "The spirit of the universe is everywhere – in every form! And your finest worship lies in the deeds of your lives!"
Scotty again bids farewell to Lok, who tells him she shall see him wherever he goes and gives him a crystal flower as a parting gift. Back on the Enterprise, Spock makes a snide remark about Lok's flower; Scotty nearly punches him, but Kirk breaks up the argument.
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- When Kirk, McCoy and Scotty are brought before the idol of Unruho, the panel is partly copied from the story's splash page, but McCoy and Scotty have traded positions. Each is in the same pose as the other was on the earlier page.
- Scotty says he once studied physiology.
- After Kirk triggers the rockslide, one of Scotty's word balloons comes from Kirk.
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