While Shore Leave was a comedic tale, Ties that Bind is anything but. This is a dark story. There have been several "Sito Jaxa rescue" stories over the years, but this one takes Jaxa to a very dark place--a place from which it takes years for her to finally climb out of. This story is also a tale of friendship--of the lengths friends will go to in order to help a friend in need.. In the "B" plot of this story, Commander Hobson and an old rival have to learn to work together if they're going to help rescue not just Sito, but also her rescuers. This story also introduces a recurring villain, the slimy and corrupt Cardassian Gul Rejak. I hope everyone enjoys this story--it was a good experience to write it back in the day as Maria, Sam, Alyssa, and Worf come together to help their friend.