The incident began as a typical anti-slavery operation by the USS Parthian. Lieutenant Jonathan Masters from the Parthian played a major role in the events. He was responsible for saving hundreds of lives, though there was some loss of life as well.
Towards the end of the incident Masters would require rescuing from a shuttle that was in close proximity to the system's main star. That rescue was conducted by the USS Swiftfire and it transported the seriously injured, but alive, Masters to Starbase 212 for medical attention.
The aftermath resulted in a major diplomatic incident between the United Federation of Planets and the Romulan Star Empire. There was also some controversy over Lieutenant Masters' actions around the loss of life. Several years later, Captain Eloise Allston voiced her opinion that while Masters' actions had been appropriate.