In the early 2360s while training to replace his father, he fell in love with a woman from Atlec, Yanar. He soon found out that she was the daughter of his father's political enemy, Debin, the leader of the Atlec people. As their love was forbidden, they hired a local transport captain, Thadiun Okona, to deliver messages back and forth between them.
In 2365, their relationship eventually led to Yanar becoming pregnant. Benzan decided to ask her to marry him, and wanted to give her the Jewel of Thesia, a priceless artifact he would eventually inherit, and had Okona deliver it to her. When Benzan's father found it missing, Benzan led him to believe Okona had stolen it, not believing he could catch him. Kushell took his ship and found him, still in transit but intercepted by the USS Enterprise-D since his ship broke down. He also found Debin there, who believed Okona had impregnated Yanar and wanted him for himself. Captain Jean-Luc Picard held a meeting between all the parties aboard the Enterprise-D. It was there Benzan decided to tell everyone about their relationship. Fortunately, Kushell accepted it. (TNG: "The Outrageous Okona")