An alien scientist asks to join Captain Kathryn Janeway and her crew in the investigation of an unprecedented scientific find. Soon USS Voyager is embroiled in a battle of wills among several alien races—each intent on manipulating the discovery toward its own end and decimating whole worlds in the process.
Janeway must stop a quest for knowledge from turning into a plot for destruction!



ChakotayThe DoctorFedrKathryn JanewayJanssHarry KimMaalotNeelixTom ParisQaadQadosQavimQuboSeven of NineB'Elanna TorresTuvokTyla

Starships and vehiclesEdit

FalconfrigateGravityInvincibleUSS Voyagerwarshipyacht


Delta Quadrantthe galaxy

Races and culturesEdit


States and organizationsEdit

Lekk Deep Space ForceQavok EmpireQavok Space ForcesQborne

Science and technologyEdit

binary starneutron starpulsarsupernovawarp core

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Other referencesEdit

asteroidcoffeegoldplanetPrime Directive



  • The novel makes frequent reference to "the new shuttle", that was a particular project for Tom Paris. This is most likely intended to be a reference to the Delta Flyer, introduced to Voyager a few months before this book was published, with the novel written before specific details about the new ship were known.
  • Two separate editions exist of this novel. One uses a cover image with an illustration of Tuvok and Kathryn Janeway, while the other has the characters removed and just shows USS Voyager and a planet. Later foreign translations used the version without the characters.



published order
Previous novel:
Seven of Nine
Voyager numbered novels Next novel:
Battle Lines
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Extreme Risk
Pocket Next Adventure:
Treachery, Faith, and the Great River
Previous Adventure:
Extreme Risk
Journey of the USS Voyager Next Adventure:
In the Flesh

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