THe maiden voyage of the USS Polaris was supposed to be a routine stellar cartography mission. However, Admiral Singh of Starfleet Operations in the sector communicated the destruction of a freighter carrying federation diplomats for important talks within the Regulon System. The USS Polaris was the closest vessel.
Of the passengers, only three survived. An entertainer, a cook and Jeff Porter, executive of the Constedt Mining Corporation; he was rather insistant on ignoring the investigation, and getting him to (planet). Also, he had nothing but bad things to say about the federation.