The Dominion War is over. The Federation is at peace. What better time for two legendary starship captains to set aside the demands of duty and simply take some well-deserved time off?

But when James T. Kirk and Jean-Luc Picard arrive on Bajor to dive among the ruins of an ancient sunken city, conditions are far from what they had planned. The small group of scientists the captains have joined suddenly find their equipment sabotaged—isolating them from Deep Space 9 and any hope of rescue—as one by one, a murderer stalks them.

Cut off from the people and technology on which they have always depended, Kirk and Picard must rely more than ever on their own skills and abilities, and their growing friendship, to solve the mysterious deaths and protect one of Bajor's greatest living treasures.

At the same time, Kirk finds the events he and Picard struggle with are similar to one of the first challenges he faced as the new captain of the starship USS Enterprise, less than six months into his first five-year mission.

Now, with time running out for a dying child trapped in the scientists' camp, and Picard missing after a diving disaster, Kirk must search his memories of the past to relive one of his earliest adventures, propelling him into a harrowing personal journey that reveals the beginning of his path from young Starfleet officer to renowned legend, and the existence of a new and completely unsuspected threat to the existence of all life in the universe.


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USS Enterprise (Constitution-class)

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Andorian Blood CouncilBajoran Institute for the Revelations of the TempleCardassian Aid ArmadaCardassian Ministry of Agricultural ReformFirst Contact OfficeGuild of HealersStarfleetStarfleet AstronomicsUnited Federation of Planets
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Bajoran MilitiaDominionQuark Adventure ExcursionsQuark Trading Cooperative

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Spirit Walk
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Chapter 5
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
(2264 to 2270)
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The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2378.
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Chapter 5, scenes 1-2
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What's Past
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Wildfire, Book 2
Chapter 8, Section 3

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Star Trek novels by William Shatner
Odyssey: The Ashes of Eden The Return Avenger
Mirror Universe: Spectre Dark Victory Preserver
Totality: Captain's Peril Captain's Blood Captain's Glory
The Academy: Collision Course

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