The Sliders arrive on a freezing, desolate island. Having just come from a tropical climate, their clothes are barely adequate, and Maggie (Kari Wuhrer) is unconscious and burning up with fever. They take her to a nearby monastery to seek help and are admitted by Seth (Austin Nichols), a young man whose father, Keeper Abraham (Granville van Dusen), is angry that he let the outsiders in. Keeper James (Bob Youngblood) is the monastery's physician, and he takes Maggie to the infirmary. At dinner, Abraham explains to the travelers that the people who live on this remote island are the keepers of peace and harmony, living simple lives in this sanctuary away from the evil elements of the world. The men and women live separately, and each of them has daily duties to perform. Sara (Vicki Davis), a young girl Seth's age, quizzes Diana (Tembi Locke) about life off the island, but Abraham silences her. The Sliders are sent to their quarters after dinner and are locked inside.