Ethan Novakovich, a crewman assigned to the sciences division aboard the USS Enterprise when she launched in 2151, was one of seven crewmembers tasked to an away team assigned to explore and evaluate an uninhabited Class M planet discovered in May of 2151. At the apparent terminus of the mission, Subcommander T'Pol (the Enterprise's Vulcan science officer) requested to maintain a team presence on the planet's surface for further study consisting of Crewmen Cutler and Novakovich.
Several hours later, while taking refuge from a windstorm, Crewman Novakovich unknowingly fell under the influence of tropolisine, a naturally occurring psychotropic compound, and began to become crazed and incoherent. Despite the attempted intervention of his chain-of-command present on the planet's surface, Novakovich lost control of himself and escaped from where he and his crewmates had taken refuge from the storm. Due to the interference caused by the storm, a shuttlepod was inadvisable to use to retrieve him; with his bio-signs becoming more erratic and his screaming audible over an open communications signal, Captain Archer made the decision to use the transporter to rescue him. The transporter however, when used to retrieve Crewman Novakovich, malfunctioned and his epidermis was fused with natural environmental debris (leaves, rocks, limbs, etc.).
After removing the debris from Novakovich's skin, Dr. Phlox discovered the tropolisine in his bloodstream as well as later discovering that while it was causing the hallucinations that affected both him and the crewmembers still on the surface, it was also breaking down into a poison in his bloodstream with fatal ramifications. A devised treatment of inaprovaline injections proved to be the antidote to the poison, and Crewman Novakovich was expected to make a full recovery.