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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

AndoriansEdit

Trenkanshent sh'LavanNisverin th'MenchalVeni ch'RefelAranthanien ch'RevashThy'lek Shranzh'Vansh
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Lecheb sh'MakeshTalasAnlenthoris ch'Vhendreni

HumansEdit

Jonathan ArcherMiguel AvilaCurryElizabeth CutlerSamuel GardnerKemalTakashi KimuraSamuel Abraham KirkAlthea KnowltonTherese LiaoTravis MayweatherLi MeilenSascha MoneySteven MullenPedro OrtegaAdeola OsunwokeCaroline ParisHenry PolanskiMalcolm ReedMichel RomaineReynaldo SanguptaHoshi SatoAlan SheehanBryce ShumarRegina TallaricoAlex TatopolousTeskaCharles Tucker IIIThomas VanderbiltMarcus WilliamsValeria Williams
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Julius CaesarCaligulaClaudiusZefram CochraneEmory EricksonMaxwell ForrestBenjamin FranklinSven "Buttercup" HansenErika HernandezHusseinW. M. JefferiesH. P. LovecraftMagginMarcusEdvard MunchOctaviaNathan SamuelsWilliam ShakespeareEric StillwellTiberiusWarren Woods

MaluriansEdit

Dular GarosMonar

OrionsEdit

DevnaD'NeshMarasNavaar
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Parrec-Sut

RigelliansEdit

Boda Jahlet

SauriansEdit

MaltuvisMoxat

TandaransEdit

GlithValk

TellaritesEdit

Mov chim FlarGrevMin glasch Noar

VulcansEdit

KunasSelvokSovalT'PolT'VenriT'Viri
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SkonSurakT'MaranT'Rama

OthersEdit

Tobin DaxEdzakGaret KadlinAlexis OsmanOrav PenapPhloxPorthos
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Lela DaxGodJamran HarnothPhindaSloane

Starships and vehiclesEdit

administrative bargeUSS Endeavour (Columbia-class) • Enterprise (NX-class) • USS Essex (Daedalus-class) • Grentrainspection podMetsanu (light cruiser) • USS Pioneer (Intrepid-class) • RivgorshuttleshuttlepodStarfleet OneUSS Thejal (Sevaijen-class) • USS Vinakthen (Kumari-class)
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ECS Bjarni HerjolfssonBonaventure-class (schematic) • Columbia (NX-class) • Daedalus-classDiscovery (NX-class) • IGS Docanaescape podECS HorizonHrumogECS Ibn BattutaIntrepidIGS KumariNoyritECS Silk RoadsubmarineSuliban carrier shipSuliban cell shipVol'RalaWasp-class (schematic)

LocationsEdit

bridgeDeneva, Kappa Fornacis systemEarth (Federation Executive Building, ParisStarfleet Headquarters, San Francisco, California) • engineeringGamma Vertis IV, Verti constellationHansen's Planetmess hallOrion (Pi-3 Orionis III) • Psi Serpentis B, Psi SerpentisQhembembem OutpostRigel V Orbital Spacedock, Rigel V, Tau-3 EridaniSan Francisco Fleet YardsSauria/Lyaksti'kton/N'Ragolar (M'TezirM'Tezir OneTai'sheku) • sickbayUnnamed planetsVega Museum of Antiquities, Vega colony, Vega IXWolf 46-III
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Akaali homeworldAlpha CentauriAlpha Centauri IIIAlrondAndoriaArken IIAsiaAxanarCarina boarder regionCetus boarder regionCheronDelphic ExpanseDelta TriangleDeneb V, Deneb Kaitos systemDenobulaDreshnaEuropeFesoanGreat BritainIndiaIowaKemsar Colony, 10 Tauri IVMaluriaMarsMiddle EastOrion constellationP'JemRaij'hlRigelRigel XRomeSanibel Beach, Sanibel Island, FloridaTandar Prime, Tandar sectorTellarTerra NovaTrillVulcanZeta Fornacis

Races and culturesEdit

AndorianAxanarcloud whalesDenobulanHansen's Planet anthropoidHuman (AmericanCentaurianDenevanEnglishmanEuropeanFrenchJapaneseRoman) • ItheniteKlimaszMalurianNuvianOrionRigelianRisianSaurianTandaranTellariteTesnianTrillTrill symbiontVertian/"Mute" • VulcanWolf 46-III nativesXarantine
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AenarAkaaliAntaranArkeniteArkonianBoslicDenebianGosis' speciesHumpback whaleHur'qKantareKlingonLorillianMazariteNaloriNausicaanOsaarianRomulanSulibanTholianValakianVeganXindiXyrillian

States and organizationsEdit

Alpha Centauri Space Research CouncilAndorian Imperial GuardCochrane Institute of Alpha CentauriEarth Cargo ServiceEuropean AllianceExecutive CouncilFederation CommissionFederation CouncilFederation StarfleetGlobal LeagueGuard AcademyInterspecies Medical ExchangeOrion SyndicateRaldulSection 31Smithsonian Orbital AnnexStarfleet CommandStarfleet MedicalStarfleet IntelligenceSuliban CabalTellar Space AdministrationThree SistersUnited EarthUESPAUnited Federation of PlanetsVulcan Space Council
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Alpha Centauri ConcordiumAndorian EmpireCoalition of PlanetsConfederacy of VulcanKlingon EmpireKlingon High CouncilLyaksti EmpireMaurya EmpireMilitary Assault Command OrganizationMinistry of SecurityStarfleet AcademyStarfleet EngineeringSyrranniteTerra PrimeUnited Earth StarfleetUnited Planets of TellarUnited States of AmericaVulcan High CommandVulcan Science Directorate

Science and technologyEdit

airlockAndorian gendersantennaantimatterarrenhe'hwiuaatmosphereatmosphere processoratmosphere suitautopilotbiologybio-signaturebiospherebio weaponbloodbonebrainbreathing maskBussard collectorcameracancercarboncarbon dioxidecentimetercomacommunications beaconcommunicatorcomputerdatabasedata tabletdecontamination chamberdeflectordeflector shieldDenebian feverdermal camouflagedistress beaconDNAdrydockEinstein-Rosen bridgeEM bandemitter arrayenergyenvironmental suitforce fieldforward emitterfusion initiatorgenetic engineeringgeometryGlobal warminggrapplergravimetric distortiongraviton beamgravitygravity platinghairhammerheliumhologramholorecorderhydrogenhypercapniaimaging chamberimpulse engineinertial damperintercomion stormion trailkilometerklaxonknifelamplanternlight-yearmagnetic compassmagnetic fieldmedicinemethanemicrobemicro-warp drivemonitornailNapoleon Complexneurologyneuronnight-vision eye-piecenuclear winterorbitoxygenparticle beamparticle riflephase cannonphase pistolphotonic torpedophotosynthesisplasmaplasma cannonpolarized hull platingproberadiationrepulsorrifleRorschach testscalpelscannersensorshield generatorsiren callspacespace stationspatial distortionspearstarshipsubspacesubspace transceiverterraformthrustertime traveltorpedotractor beamtractor beam generatortransportertransporter padturboliftviewscreenvirtual display visorVulcan ring drivewarp bubblewarp coilwarp drivewarp fieldwarp nacellewarp reactorwaste reclamatorwormholeXindi vortexXyrillian simulator

Ranks and titlesEdit

admiralambassadorArchaeology and anthropology officerarmory officerasteroid minerBasileusbutterfly dancercaptainchief of communicationschief engineerchief medical officerchief of staffcommandercommander-in-chiefcommissionercommissioner for science and technologycommodorecommunications officercouncillorcrewmandiplomatdoctorEarth defense secretaryemperorengineerensignentomologistexecutive officerFederation Commissioner of DefenseFederation Commissioner of Foreign Affairsfirst officerFleet commandergeneralgovernorhelm officerhistorianinsect tamerinstructorjudgelegislatorlieutenantlieutenant commanderlinguistmajormaskwrightmedicmerchantministernavigatorphysicianpilotPresiderPresident of the United Federation of PlanetsPrime Minister of United Earthprincessprotocol officerquartermasterscience officersecurity advisorsenior officersociologistsoldierspytactical officerused-car salesmanweapons officerxenobiologistyeoman

Other referencesEdit

2140s2153215421552162216321st century22nd century28th centuryadoptionalienAndorian aleAndorian redbatAndoriianimalapeasteroidAugment crisisavocadoballbambooBattle of Cheronblackmailblack marketboarding partyBob and Carol and Ted and Alicebronzecatcenturychirinichutney-grilled chickencoffeecolonycourt-martialcratercrystaldecadeDeclaration of IndependencedemocracydemonDeneva Conferencedilithiumdogdrill lubricantdrugdwarf planetEarth-Romulan Warelfeonfirefire waspfirst contactf'sherr-beetlegalaxygogglesgorillagrain puddinggrapeguinea piggun powderHail Maryhelmethistoryhlad roothourhumanoidiced teaice borerice giantIDICinsectinternment campinvertebrateK class starKir'Sharakisslanding partyleopardlionlogicMalurian meadmammalMandarin collarmarsupialmassagemetalmind meldminingMinshara classminutemonarchymonthmoonmothballmountain goatmoviemushroommusicoutpostpaperparasitephilosophypigpineapplepiracyplanetplanetoidplantplasticpokerporcineprejudicepretzelPrime Ministers' Conferencered dwarfreptilerocksaladSaurian brandyThe Screamsecondsectorserpentservice patchsharksilkslaverysmugglingsnailspace boomerspaceportstarsuper-Jovian planettattootelepathyTellarite Civil ConversationTemporal Cold Wartintorturetreetrellium-DtritaniumuniformuniversevegetableveridiumvertebrateVertian crisiswaterwinterWorld War IIIxenophobiaXindi crisisyearzhihalzoo

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 set during the series By the BookWhat Price Honor?Surak's SoulDaedalusDaedalus's ChildrenLast Full MeasureRosetta
set after the series 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 BabelUncertain Logic)

External linksEdit

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

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