Introduction (blurb)Edit

The world Capulon IV is finally ready to join the Federation after years of waiting. All that remains is the ruler's coronation and a routine signing of the final treaty. When the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise and their passengers -- a group of women from a religious order dedicated to helping the downtrodden -- arrive for the event, they expect to find a world willing and happy to receive them. Instead, they encounter deceit and treachery. The crown prince, once excited and eager to join the Federation, now refuses even to speak with Captain Picard.

Beaming to the surface in an attempt to work out the problem, Picard, Troi, and Mother Veronica, the abbess of the nuns, are drugged and captured. Now they must somehow escape and stop the crowning.




Jean-Luc PicardWilliam T. RikerGeordi La ForgeWorf, Son of MoghBeverly CrusherDeanna TroiDataSamantha TuttleJohann MarshallGuinanFletcherGeoff SalahMother VeronicaSister Julian
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O'ShaugnessySaint FrancisWolfgang Amadeus MozartLwaxana TroiTarg SearMelli SearTam ElbrumNoonien SoongSarjenkaJoshua SternSolomonFelicitasRoberta PlummerAskeThomas GreycloudMiles O'BrienKeiko O'Brien

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise-D


Capulon IV

Races and culturesEdit


States and organizationsEdit

The Little MothersUnited Federation of Planets

Other referencesEdit



External LinksEdit

published order
Previous novel:
The Romulan Prize
TNG numbered novels Next novel:
Here There Be Dragons
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Chapter 2, Section 12
Pocket Next Adventure:
A Man Alone
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2369.
The Pocket Books Timeline places events from this story in one other timeframe:
Previous Adventure:
The Romulan Stratagem
Next Adventure:
Second Chances

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