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Publisher's descriptionEdit

An original novel set in the universe of Star Trek: Enterprise!
A new nation has arisen from the ashes of the Romulan War: the United Federation of Planets, an unprecedented union of diverse species cooperating for the good of all. Admiral Jonathan Archer—the former captain of the Earth starship Enterprise, whose efforts made this union possible—envisions a vibrant Federation promoting galactic peace and a multispecies Starfleet dedicated to exploring strange new worlds. Archer’s former crewmates, including Captain T'Pol of the U.S.S. Endeavour and Captain Malcolm Reed of the U.S.S. Pioneer, work with him to secure that bright future. Yet others within the Federation see its purpose as chiefly military, a united defense against a dangerous galaxy, while some of its neighbors view that military might with suspicion and fear. And getting the member nations, their space fleets, and even their technologies to work together as a unified whole is an ongoing challenge.
When a new threat emerges from a force so alien and hostile that negotiation seems impossible, a group of unaligned worlds asks Starfleet to come to its defense, and the Federation’s leaders seize the opportunity to build their reputation as an interstellar power. But Archer fears the conflict is building toward an unnecessary war, potentially taking the young nation down a path it was never meant to follow. Archer and his allies strive to find a better solution…but old foes are working secretly to sabotage their efforts and ensure that the great experiment called the Federation comes to a quick and bloody end.

SummaryEdit

Admiral Archer is contacted by the Tandarans, who blame the abduction of several of their children on Suliban refugees given safe haven by the Federation. On his flagship the USS Endeavour, now commanded by Captain T'Pol, Archer is able to expose the abductors as the Malurians, hoping to drive a rift between the Federation and Tandarans, and rescue the prisoners.

The mastermind is Archer's old enemy Garos, who begins working with the Orion group led by Navaar. The Orions are hoping to undermine the Federation and see an opportunity when the Mute aliens that Archer previously encountered begin stepping up their attacks on ships. They hope to use the situation to make the Federation more militaristic. Garos joins a conference set up to combat the threat and, despite opposition from Archer and T'Pol who favour a less aggressive move, a combined fleet of Federation and non-aligned worlds is despatched to confront the aliens and locate their homeworld. Phlox also finds evidence that transporter usage has left Archer and Reed with genetic damage and transporters are suspended for lifeforms except in emergencies.

Meanwhile, Reed is given command of the new USS Pioneer and invites Mayweather aboard as his first officer. A group of engineers led by Tobin Dax come aboard to supervise the integration of various Federation systems but accidentally create a micro-wormhole that traps the ship in a decaying orbit of a gas giant. The ship's science officer, Reynaldo Sangupta, eventually saves the day by communicating with cloud whales living in the atmosphere, who hold the ship aloft until it can be repaired. Reed invites Dax to be his chief engineer.

Garos stirs up hatred against the Mutes by framing them for the destruction of an Andorian-controlled Starfleet vessel. However, when some Mutes are captured, T'Pol and Sato realise that their means of communicating by infrared empathy means they can't recognize other lifeforms as sentient and have been treating them as wild animals to be analysed. Meanwhile, Archer reluctantly works with Tucker, despite no longer trusting Section 31, to expose Garos and the Orions' involvement.

T'Pol and Sato return the Mute prisoners to their fellows, with T'Pol having mind-melded with them to convince them of other lifeforms' sentience. After a long process of negotiation, they are able to convince the aliens, Vertians, to modify their behaviour towards other species and bring the conflict to a peaceful end.

However, while this has been going on Soval and the crew of the USS Essex have been negotiating with the Saurians, a race Starfleet accidentally revealed the existence of other worlds to, for their mineral rights. They find that most of the world has formed into a Global League but the hereditary ruler of the most mineral-rich region, Maltuvis, presents himself as independent. He attempts to get Captain Shumar to provide him with weapons to take over the world but is forced to accept a peaceful treatment. However, he then signs a treaty with Navaar and Garos to provide him with the weapons, with the Orions knowing the Federation will be blamed for his conquests.

ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

Jonathan ArcherMiguel AvilaCurryElizabeth CutlerTobin DaxDevnaD'NeshEdzakMov chim FlarSamuel GardnerDular GarosGlithGrevBoda JahletGaret KadlinKemalTakashi KimuraSamuel Abraham KirkAlthea KnowltonTrenkanshent sh'LavanTherese LiaoMaltuvisMarasTravis MayweatherLi MeilenNisverin th'MenchalMonarSascha MoneyMoxatSteven MullenNavaarMin glasch NoarPedro OrtegaAlexis OsmanAdeola OsunwokeCaroline ParisOrav PenapPhloxHenry PolanskiPorthosMalcolm ReedVeni ch'RefelAranthanien ch'RevashMichel RomaineReynaldo SanguptaHoshi SatoSelvokAlan SheehanThy'lek ShranBryce ShumarSovalRegina TallaricoAlex TatopolousTeskaT'PolCharles Tucker IIIT'VenriT'ViriValkThomas Vanderbiltzh'VanshMarcus WilliamsValeria Williams
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Zefram CochraneLela DaxEmory EricksonMaxwell ForrestBenjamin FranklinSven "Buttercup" HansenErika HernandezJamran HarnothHusseinW. M. JefferiesKunavH. P. LovecraftLecheb sh'MakeshEdvard MunchParrec-SutPhindaNathan SamuelsWilliam ShakespeareSkonSloaneEric StillwellSurakT'MaranT'RamaWarren Woods

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Endeavour (Columbia-class) • Enterprise (NX-class) • USS Essex (Daedalus-class) • GrentraMetsanuUSS Pioneer (Intrepid-class) • RivgorStarfleet OneUSS Thejal (Sevaijen-class) • USS Vinakthen (Kumari-class)
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ECS Bjarni HerjolfssonBonaventure-class (schematic) • Columbia (NX-class) • Discovery (NX-class) • IGS DocanaECS HorizonHrumogECS Ibn BattutaIntrepidIGS KumariNoyritECS Silk RoadVol'Rala

LocationsEdit

Deneva, Kappa Fornacis systemEarth (Federation Executive Building, ParisStarfleet Headquarters, San Francisco, California) • Gamma Vertis IVHansen's PlanetPsi Serpentis B, Psi SerpentisQhembembem OutpostRigel V Orbital Spacedock, Rigel VSan Francisco Fleet YardsSauria/Lyaksti'kton/N'Ragolar (M'TezirM'Tezir OneTai'sheku) • Vega Museum of Antiquities, Vega colony, Vega IXWolf 46-III
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Alpha CentauriAlpha Centauri IIIAlrondAsiaDelphic ExpanseDeneb V, Deneb Kaitos systemEuropeGreat BritainIndiaKemsar Colony, 10 Tauri IVMaluriaMarsMiddle EastOrion (Pi-3 Orionis III) • P'JemRaij'hlRigelRigel XSanibel Island, FloridaTellarTerra NovaTrillVulcanZeta Fornacis

Races and culturesEdit

Alpha CentauranAndorianAxanarricloud whalesDenobulanHumanItheniteMalurianOrionRigelianSaurianSulibanTandaranTellariteTrillTrill symbiontVertian/"Mute" • VulcanXarantine
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AenarAkaaliArkeniteArkonianBoslicDenebianHur'qKantareKlimaszKlingonLorillianMazariteNaloriNausicaanNuvianOsaarianRisianRomulanTesnianValakianXindiXyrillian

States and organizationsEdit

Alpha Centauri Space Research CouncilAndorian Imperial GuardCoalition of PlanetsCochrane Institute of Alpha CentauriEarth Cargo ServiceEuropean AllianceFederation CouncilFederation StarfleetGlobal LeagueGuard AcademyInterspecies Medical ExchangeKlingon EmpireKlingon High CouncilLyaksti EmpireOrion SyndicateRaldulSection 31Smithsonian Orbital AnnexStarfleet CommandStarfleet MedicalStarfleet IntelligenceSuliban CabalTellar Space AdministrationTerra PrimeUnited EarthUESPAUnited Federation of PlanetsVulcan Space Council
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United Earth Starfleet

Science and technologyEdit

Bussard collectordecontamination chambergrapplerphotonic torpedotractor beamtransporterwarp bubblewarp fieldwarp nacelle

Ranks and titlesEdit

admiralambassadorArchaeology and anthropology officerBasileuscaptaincommandercommissionercommodorecouncillordoctorEarth defense secretaryensignFederation Commissioner of DefenseFederation Commissioner of Foreign Affairshistorianlieutenantlieutenant commanderministerPresiderPresident of the United Federation of PlanetsPrime Minister of United Earth

Other referencesEdit

Battle of CheronchiriniDeclaration of IndependenceDenebian feverdilithiumdrydockEarth-Romulan WarEinstein-Rosen bridgef'sherr-beetleK class starKir'Sharalanding partySaurian brandyservice patchThe ScreamTellarite Civil ConversationTemporal Cold Wartrellium-DtritaniumVertian crisiswormholezhihal

TimelineEdit

ChronologyEdit

This novel covers the period from 25 September 2162 to 21 May 2163.

Production historyEdit

Published Order
Previous novel:
To Brave the Storm
Enterprise novels Next novel:
Tower of Babel
Previous story:
Forgotten History
Stories by:
Christopher L. Bennett
Next story:
Tower of Babel

AppendicesEdit

Related storiesEdit

Star Trek: Enterprise prose publications
Novelizations Broken BowShockwaveThe Expanse
Original novels By the BookWhat Price Honor?Surak's SoulDaedalusDaedalus's ChildrenRosettaLast Full Measure
The Good That Men DoKobayashi MaruThe Romulan War (Beneath the Raptor's WingTo Brave the Storm) • Rise of the Federation (A Choice of FuturesTower of Babel)

External linksEdit

A Choice of Futures article at Memory Alpha, the wiki for canon Star Trek.

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