Kirk, Spock, and McCoy beam down to a world and are immediately called witches; they are to be burned for their crimes. Kirk and McCoy are taken, but Spock, who the people take to be a devil, abandoning his beguiled followers, escapes. He meets up with a group of rebels led by Feorah. "We are the Rejected," she says. Their people are kept in an iron grip by the priests, she explains:
She explains to Spock that they will be burned in six days. He cannot rescue them; his appearance betrays him. So, on the eve of their execution, when no other plan has been conceived, Feorah offers her aid: Spock will return to the Enterprise leaving his communicator with her, and she will attend the execution and get the communicator to Kirk and McCoy so that they can be beamed to safety. This she accomplishes.
It turns out that Klingons have influenced the priesthood with promises of power, and Feorah arranged before beaming away with Kirk and McCoy for some of her followers to raise a cry that the Klingons were witches. This, too, is accomplished, and the Klingons--along with the head priest--are burned in place of Kirk and McCoy, who the crowd reason must have been saved by the angels, since no devil would have bothered to save them.
Once this has resolved, Kirk, McCoy, and Spock beam back down and arrange for Feorah's group of rebels to run the planet, "with Federation help, of course", so that the mineral rights, or whatever it was the Federation wanted with the place, are secured. When they leave, Spock expresses some regret:
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