Following a cartouche to what they believe is a store house of Ancient's treasure the SG-1 Team find themselves trapped in a museum on a world that has yet to discover the secret of the Stargate. Without a DHD to dial-out their plan to wait for Stargate Command to send help is cut short when they are discovered and mistaken for a militant group of rebels.
Forced into a gun fight inside the museum the security system is tripped and locks down the building trapping the SG team and a number of civilians inside. As an army builds outside the museum the team decides to pretend they are in fact the rebels they have been accused of being, and mock a hostage situation to buy themselves enough time for Stargate Command to dial-in for a checkup. Aided by a museum researcher Ciccero (Joshua Malina) the team passes for the local rebels and make corresponding demands to keep busy the hostage negotiator Quartus (Ron Canada).
Meanwhile Mitchell (Ben Browder) and Vala (Claudia Black) search the museum for a DHD crystal but instead must deal with the museum’s night watchman, Jayem (Alistair Abell) who has decided to take matters into his own hands. As the hostages begin to get restless the well intentioned Cicero slips out of the museum to tell Quartus the team are not rebels they have pretended to be and are harmless. Jackson (Michael Shanks) realizing Quartus has failed to check in with him as promised knows it’s a matter of time before the army outside attempts to breach the museum and kill them. With a full scale attack moments away Vala and Mitchell are forced to improvise and attempt to use a Naquada bomb to power the gate without blowing the entire museum up in the process