The Enterpries picks up the SS Botany and discovers on board, Khan Noonien Soong and his 80 superman in stasis. Unaware of who he is, Khan is immediately revived and soon has the run of the ship, thanks in part to Lt. Marla McGivers, the ship's historian. Khan discovers the existence of Cold Station 12, a secret Federation facility where some 1800 embryoes are being stored, embryoes of enhanced humans like himself. Khan takes the ship and attempts to reach Cold Station 12. It is up to Kirk and company to stop Khan before he uses those embryoes and builds himself a small army to be unleashed upon an unsuspecting galaxy.