Summary Edit

From the back cover: When a famous Federation scientist dies, his son puts his inventions up for sale to the highest bidder -- whether Federation, Klingon, Romulan or Cardassian. Among the items at auction are medical devices, engineering advances -- and a photon pulse cannon capable of punching through a starship's shields with a single shot.

Meanwhile, at the Academy, Wesley Crusher comes to the aid of his best friend -- and finds himself kidnapped by renegade Ferengi bent on controlling the universe through commerce. When they also set their sights on the photon cannon, Captain Picard must find a way to save the Starship Enterprise and the Federation from the deadliest weapon ever known - with every race in the galaxy aligned against him!



Hugh AkstonBernard BoxxBeverly CrusherWesley CrusherDakvasDataDoraxiJenny DuBoisFubarGuinanHeavenlyKahlessJina KefFrederick KimbalKurakKurnCarl La FongGeordi La ForgeNanci LeesMingMunk/BrubrakJean-Luc PicardRaymond RedhefferWilliam T. RikerRoltDmitri SmytheSpotGeorges St. JeanDeanna TroiLwaxana TroiTunkLyle WolfeWorfZek
Referenced only 
Joshua AlbertAllendeAxelB'EtorCore BellorusBlutBuckminster BoomBophur the UnholdableZefrim CochraneCorrigonDagragas NaiDaxalDorak HalfhandDuBoisDurasDyrealAlbert EinsteinCrystal EstesViscomte Nicholas Fouquet XIHuckKahless the UnforgettableLa FongSilva La ForgeLigwasNicholas LocarnoLouis XIV of FranceLursaMoghPindogRoqadoxRumpelstiltskinSito JaxaSurTivanaztThe TravelerMark TwainVernorVingeBradford Zorka, JuniorJaymi Zorka

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class) • Glutton (Madison-class) • IKS Hiding FishUSS LexingtonNämemeWrite Off
Referenced only 
USS HoodRyan-class


EarthNovus Alamogordus
Referenced only 
Acquisition UniversityDeep Space 5Delta QuadrantFederation Museum of Earth ArtifactsGamma Amar IVGamma QuadrantStarbase 2Starbase 6Versailles

Races and culturesEdit

Referenced only 

States and organizationsEdit

Ferengi AllianceFerengi High CommandFerengi High CouncilHatheby's BrokerageStarfleetStarfleet AcademyUnited Federation of Planets

Science and technologyEdit

Dirac numberholosuiteKimbal Clockphotonic pulse cannon

Ranks and titlesEdit

dabo girlGrand Nagusvedek

Other referencesEdit

Boomba Jamak the Quadrant TourchaseumdaboEarl GreyEugenics WarsEugenics Wars Bas-ReliefsFerengi Acquisitional Educational facilityFerengi Rules of Acquisitiongoldgold pressed latinumhectobarJournal of Plasma ExtrusionsThe Pirates of PenzancepokerTreasures of Inner Mongolia

External linkEdit

published order
Previous novel:
TNG numbered novels Next novel:
Blaze of Glory
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Thine Own Self
Pocket Next Adventure:
Previous Adventure:
Thine Own Self
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)
Next Adventure:

This article or section is incomplete
This article is marked as lacking essential detail, and needs attention. Information regarding expansion requirements may be found on the article's talk page. Feel free to edit this page to assist with this expansion.