Summoned to a planet by a communication code they had previously given their Genii allies, the team is ambushed by Kolya (Robert Davi), who has now created his own faction of Genii after being forced from the inner circle of the Genii leadership. While the rest of the team manages to escape, Sheppard (Joe Flanigan) is taken prisoner. Unable to track down Sheppard on their own, the team reluctantly contacts the Genii's new leader, Ladon Radim. But they have no way of knowing if Ladon is involved in the kidnapping. When Kolya finally contacts Atlantis, however, he offers to free Sheppard, but only if the Atlantis team turns over Ladon, who Kolya begrudges for becoming the new Genii leader. And until his demands are met, Kolya intends to drain Sheppard's life by allowing a captured wraith to feed on him.
Sheppard's life is slowly drained in successive video taped feeding sessions, while Weir struggles with the decision of whether or not to meet Kolya's demands. Meanwhile, Sheppard forms a bond with his cellmate, who is also a prisoner of Kolya. With a rescue unlikely, and his time running out, Sheppard forms an unlikely alliance to attempt an escape.