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Children of the Storm is a Star Trek: Voyager novel by Kirsten Beyer, published by Pocket Books in 2011. It is the third Voyager novel set after Star Trek: Destiny and the seventh overall. It centers around the Children of the Storm (seen previously in Mere Mortals), and Voyager's mission to discover what happened to the starships sent to investigate them, the USS Quirinal, USS Demeter, and USS Planck.

Publisher's descriptionEdit

From the back cover

"You were told not to return to our space."
Little is known about the Children of the Storm—one of the most unique and potentially dangerous species the Federation has ever encountered. Non-corporeal and traveling through space in vessels apparently propelled by thought alone, the Children of the Storm at one time managed to destroy thousands of Borg ships without firing a single conventional weapon.
Now in its current mission to the Delta Quadrant, Captain Chakotay and Fleet Commander Afsarah Eden must unravel why three Federation starships—the USS Quirinal, Planck, and Demeter—have suddenly been targeted without provocation and with extreme prejudice by the powerful Children of the Storm… with thousands of Starfleet lives at stake from an enemy that the Federation can only begin to comprehend…

SummaryEdit

While the USS Voyager and the rest of the fleet investigate the Indign mystery, the USS Planck, USS Demeter, and USS Quirinal are sent to follow up on a discovery by the USS Aventine during the recent Borg invasion. Over the next two weeks, the three vessels approach the edge of the system inhabited by the reclusive Children of the Storm, a non-corporeal species capable of unparalleled destruction, and gradually attempt to initiate contact.

Against the guidance of Captain Regina Farkas of the Quirinal, the commander of the Planck orders the Demeter, the fleet's food-production vessel, to make a quick run into the system to relieve his crew of the burden of replicated food. The action provokes the Children of the Storm and through a telepathic ensign aboard the Quirinal, they restate their aversion to Federation contact but express foreboding appreciation for the gift of "the life." As Captain Farkas attempts to determine what "the life" refers to, the Children gather around the three vessels. In the resulting struggle, the Planck is destroyed. As Demeter is taken deeper into the system, offering no resistance to avoid Planck's fate, several crewmembers of the Quirinal become possessed by the Children and escort the non-corporeal aliens through the vessel to engineering.

In the resistance, Captain Farkas recruits a junior engineer, Phinn Bryce, to try and bring the slipstream back online and plot an escape. But in the final showdown with the Children, Farkas is critically injured and the Quirinal makes a jump that eventually leads it to crashland on an uninhabited planet tens of thousands of lightyears away.

Meanwhile, once Voyager and the other Project Full Circle fleet vessels conclude their business with the Indign, they receive another visit from Neelix who returns the shuttle stolen by the "possessed" holoprogram Meegan McDonnell. Captain Afsarah Eden seeks out the help of Counselor Hugh Cambridge in the developing mystery of her origins when a gift from an alien race elicits more questions. B'Elanna Torres settles into her new role as fleet engineer while butting heads with Commander Tillum Drafar, a Lendrin male who questions her ability to balance work and motherhood.

Once it becomes apparent that the trio of vessels sent to make contact with the Children of the Storm are behind schedule, Eden and Chakotay debate their next step and decide Voyager will travel to the system alone. Despite the mandatory transfer of telepaths to other vessels, Ensigns Aytar Gwyn, the half-Kriosian helmsman, and Kenth Lasren, the Betazoid ops officer, remain aboard. When Voyager arrives at the system, it becomes apparent that the situation went terribly wrong -- the Planck has been destroyed, Quirinal has barely escaped, and Demeter may be trapped deeper in the system.

Onboard Demeter the unorthodox Captain Liam O'Donnell remains in eccentric seclusion while his XO Atlee Fife seeds mutinous thoughts among the senior staff in a single-minded obsession with escaping the Children. After it becomes obvious that "the life" the Children are so infatuated with are any plant-based organisms, O'Donnell orders the crew to provide round-the-clock planting in the extensive aeroponics network onboard Demeter in order to delay the Children's destruction of the ship.

Despite the danger to Demeter, Eden orders the ship to pursue the Quirinal's last known heading, and the vessel is eventually found crash-landed on an uninhabited world. As Achilles is ordered to rendezvous with Voyager to repair the vessel, Eden and Chakotay learn that the Quirinal managed to trap a handful of the Children onboard. Ensign Lasren is recruited to communicate with the aliens. While Lasren works to open a dialogue with the unique aliens, Seven of Nine and Devi Patel, chief science officer, postulate that the solution to their dilemma may lie in finding the "mother" of the Children of the Storm.

After one failed attempt to provide the Children with perpetual plant lifeforms, and despite Fife's growing impatience with his captain, O'Donnell eventually creates an organism that can be injected directly within the energy shells the Children travel inside.

Voyager eventually embarks to locate the mother, and on a hunch from Aytar, travels to the home of the mother early in their search. At first, the mother, a living planet of gaseous lightning storms, offers few clues to the true nature of the Children. But developments soon lead Seven to theorize that the "Children" may really be more analagous to thoughts issued from the mother. With the combined arguments of Lasren and Eden, the captive Children are released and make contact with their mother. Through Aytar, they express a new understanding of the Federation crew and Eden realizes that their xenophobia was instigated by the Borg devastation witnessed by their mother.

The Children reunited with their mother agree to return to their home system and free the Demeter crew -- provided they are still alive. In the home system, O'Donnell is in space-walk directly injecting the plant lifeform into the Children's energy shell, when an impatient Fife mistakes Voyager's arrival for a rescue attempt and opens fire on the Children. The crew of Demeter disable Fife and Eden assures the Children of the Federation's true intentions.

After O'Donnell and the fleet work to seed the Children's "homeworld" -- now dubbed Persephone -- with the lifeform he specifically bred for it, the Full Circle fleet now reunites at the planet where Quirinal crashed for a memorial of the Planck and Quirinal's lost crew. Afterward, B'Elanna confronts Eden about a discovery she made while working on Achilles -- a fleet of small single-fighter attack craft -- and Eden assures her that the intentions of the fleet are solely peaceful, but cautiously so. Meanwhile, Seven chooses to resume her counseling sessions with Cambridge, only to have them discontinued once she expresses her interest in a romantic relationship with him. As Voyager prepares to resume its mission, Eden chooses to open up with Chakotay about her still-unsolved origins, in hopes of feeling a little less alone in the galaxy.

ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

USS Voyager personnelEdit

B'karHugh CambridgeChakotayNancy ConlonAfsarah EdenGleezAytar GwynHarry KimKulaKenth LasrenMiral ParisTom ParisDevi PatelSeven of NineSharakB'Elanna TorresWaters

USS Achilles personnelEdit

Tillum Drafar
Referenced only 
Rich EdmondsIllo Mirren

USS Curie personnelEdit

Xin Chan

USS Demeter personnelEdit

BrillGarvin ElkinsSten FaltoAtlee FifeLiam O'DonnellUrl LaskThomas Vincent
Referenced only 
BellLamothMegdalBano PeymanSchiller

USS Esquiline personnelEdit

Parimon Dasht
Referenced only 
Derek Waverly

USS Galen personnelEdit

Reginald BarclayThe DoctorClarissa Glenn

USS Hawking personnelEdit

Bal Itak

USS Planck personnelEdit

Anthony DeCarloDanan GrimSolonor EvetHosc T'MarDaniel Tregart
Referenced only 
Shurl Beldon

USS Quirinal personnelEdit

Phinnegan BryceGregor DenisovRegina FarkasPreston GanleyGenevieveKrim HochJepel OmarSadie JohnsKogdonNarvNathanJulian PsilakisRiggsRivinMalcolm RoachEl'nor SalSanchezSienna KarStantonTi'AnaYuka
Referenced only 
Mavila

Other Starfleet personnelEdit

Referenced only 
Ezri DaxIchebKathryn JanewayOfelia MavroidisKenneth MontgomeryOwen ParisJean-Luc PicardWilliam T. RikerTuvokNaomi WildmanLewis Zimmerman

OthersEdit

Neelix
Referenced only 
AlanaValerie ArcherWillem BatisteBorg QueenChaoticaZefram CochraneDathonDexaEliethGenov-seeYasim GwynHestaxHrimsheeMiles JobinHellen KellerKesAram KhachaturianJohn KimMary KimMeegan McDonnellNaconaNurelJulia ParisScrallSeskaWilliam ShakespeareT'PelCarson TallarTimmyJohn TorresMiral TorresTuskLibby Webber

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Achilles (Mulciber-class) • Children of the Storm vesselUSS Curie (Merian-class) • USS Demeter (Theophrastus-class) • USS Esquiline (Vesta-class) • USS Galen (Galen-class) • USS Hawking (Merian-class) • USS Planck (Merian-class) • USS Quirinal (Vesta-class) • Tactical Support FlyerUSS Voyager (Intrepid-class)
Referenced only 
USS AventineBorg cubeBorg supercubecolonization shipDelta Flyer IIescape podUSS HennessyNocona's mining vesselPhoenixshuttleUSS TitanVal Jeanwork bee

LocationsEdit

Delta QuadrantMilky Way GalaxyPersephoneunnamed planets
Referenced only 
Alpha QuadrantAzure NebulaBeta QuadrantBetazed (Muoni Canyon) • DenevaEarth (CaribbeanSan Francisco) • Gamma QuadrantFluidic spaceHanaraHeavenHellIndign systemKoaKressari (NeshanPlaro) • New TalaxOccidon (Parush Desert) • RomulusSbonfoyjillSector 191Terrasphere 8Urnatal homeworldYaris Nebula

Races and culturesEdit

BajoranBetazoidCairnChildren of the StormDeltanHuman (Terran) • KazariteKlingonKressariKriosianLendrinTalaxianTamarianTrillVulcan
Referenced only 
BorgCaeliarChangelingGoldronianHirogen • Human (Viking) • KoasMegutiMikhal TravelerNeyserNovOcampaProgenitorsRurokitanSeriareenSky SpiritSpecies 8472unnamed Photonic lifeformUllianUrnatalVeniti

States and organizationsEdit

Project Full CircleStarfleetUnited Federation of Planets
Referenced only 
Borg CollectiveDominionFederation Research InstituteIndignKressari QuorumMaquisStarfleet AcademyStarfleet CommandStarfleet IntelligenceStarfleet MedicalWarriors of Gre'thor

Science and technologyEdit

8472 virusadrenalineair processoranimalantigrav liftaquilinearchaeologyasteroidastrometrics arrayatmosphereautopilotbacteriabeam emitterbenamitebenamite recrystallization matrixbiobedbiologybiometric scanbioneural gel packblack holebloodbombboneBorg implantbraincaffeinecannoncatomcentimeterchronometerClass-A magnetarClass K planetClass-M planetclockcomacombadgecommunications relaycommunicatorcompression riflecomputerconduitcontainment fieldcontrol panelcoolantdatabasedata terminalDeath Raydeflector arraydeflector shielddistress buoyDNAdrainage systemeggelectrolyteelectromagnetismelectromagnetic spectrumemergency backup moduleEmergency Medical Hologramemitterenergyengineenvironmental processorevolutionextensorfelinefireforcefieldfrequencyG-type stargas giantgravimetric fieldgravityhairheartholodeckhologramholographic generatorhologridholosuitehourhumanoidhumidifierhydrogenhydrospannerhyposprayiceimpulse engineinsomniaion stormkilometerlanding strutlifeformlight-yearlong-range sensor gridlungmagnetarmagnetic resonatormaneuvering thrustermathematicsmatter/antimatter coremessage buoymetabolismmetermicro-singularitymicrospectrometerminingminutemiscarriageneural monitorneural scanneurological scannernitrogennoncorporealnuclear warheadorbitoxygenpaddphaserphaser bankphaser riflephotonplantplanter droneplasmaportable field emitterpost-traumatic stress disorderpower distribution nodepressure suitproteinprotoplastpsionic force fieldPS scalepsionicquantum slipstream driveradiationrebreathing maskreplicatorresonance fieldrib cagerobotrootscannersecondsedativeseedself-regenerating cellsensorsensor arraysensory perception filtersite-to-site transporterslipstream corridorsociologysomaclonal variationspheroplaststarstovesubspacesubspace receiversubtle knifesuppression beamsurgical bandagetachyontachyon pulsetelekinesistelepathythrustertimetorpedo launchertorpedo tubetractor beamtransportertransporter padtranswarp tunneltriaxilating containment moduletricordertritaniumturboliftuniversal translatorviewscreenvirusvitaminwarp bubblewarp corewarp drivewarp factorwarp nacellewaste reclamationwaterwavelengthwheelwristwatchxenobiology

Ranks and titlesEdit

admiralambassadorarchaeologistbotanical geneticistbotanical specialistbotanistcadetcaptainchefchiefchief engineerchief medical officerchief science officercommandercommanding officercounselorcrewmandabo girldiplomatdoctorengineerensignFirst Ministerfirst officerfleet chief engineerfleet commandergeneticisthelmsmanHigh Anointedhunterinstructorlieutenantlieutenant commanderlieutenant junior grademedicmedical technicianministermorale officernurseofficerpilotprefectQuorum MinisterRenaissance manscience officerscientistscoutsecond-in-commandsecurity chiefsecurity officersenior officerslaveslipstream specialistspysurgeontactical officerteachertherapisttransport officerwarriorxenobiologist

Other referencesEdit

235716th centuryThe Adventures of Captain Protonaeroponics bayalmondastrometricsbanana puddingBattle of DenevaBattle of the Azure NebulabeefbirdbookbootBorg Invasion of 2381branchbridgebriefing roombronzebugburled-woodcampfirecandleCaptain Proton and the Mean, Bad, Dirty, Stinking Robotcargo baycastlecatcave paintingchairchalkchickenchicken kabobcitycoffeecolonycommendationconstellationcourt martialCrateva religiosaCrateva religiosa-Kressaridaydedication plaquedetention celldiedimedistress callDominion Warduty shiftelephantemotionempathyengineeringextinctionFederation StandardFestuca ovinafigfirst contactflowerfruitfuneralghostglassgodGoldroni kurnitgolfgospelgrapegrassgraveyardguinea pighaystackherbhelmhelmethide and seekhistoryhobgoblinhot springhullhydroponics bayicebergjacketJefferies tubeJulykalakissknifeklaxonlanguageleatherlegumelionlivestocklizardlog entrylogicmahoganymapmargaritamarriagemaskMaymemorialmess hallmetalmission logmoneymonkeymonthmoonmountainmutinymythologyneedlenutrient barO'Donnell COS Alphaoperations stationpaintingpaperparfaitPaspalidium constrictumpastapeapeatpersonal logpipplasticpotatopreschoolputting greenquartersrainraktajinorationready roomred alertrefresherriflerocksailsaucer sectionschoolsculpturesenior staffsexismshuttlebaysickbaysofasoupspaspace walkspadespiced aleStaff of RenstardateStarfleet procedural manualstewsuicidesun godswimming poolsyringetactical stationtargtattooteatextbookTimmy and the Targtoasttomatotoytransporter roomtreeuniformvinevulturewaterfallweaponweaselweatherwhipped creamwinterwoodxenophobiayearyellow alert

AppendicesEdit

Background information Edit

ImagesEdit

Related storiesEdit

Star Trek: Voyager novels set after the television series
HomecomingThe Farther ShoreSpirit Walk (Old WoundsEnemy of My Enemy) • Full CircleUnworthyChildren of the StormThe Eternal TideProtectorsActs of ContritionAtonementA Pocket Full of LiesArchitects of InfinityTo Lose the Earth

Timeline Edit

The novel runs from May through June of 2381, the first two months of the Full Circle Fleets 3-year mission in the Delta Quadrant. It begins three years and six months after the final Star Trek: Voyager episode, "Endgame".

published order
Previous novel:
Unworthy
Voyager novels
(post-finale)
Next novel:
The Eternal Tide
Previous novel:
Unworthy
Novels by:
Kirsten Beyer
Next novel:
The Eternal Tide
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Unworthy
Memory Beta Chronology Next Adventure:
The Persistence of Memory
Chapte 22


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