En route to an important diplomatic reception, the USS Enterprise suddenly is set upon by a Klingon warship. This unprovoked assault, Kirk discovers, is in response to what the Klingon ship's captain claims are recent Federation attacks on several Klingon vessels which have disappeared.

Managing to secure a truce, Captain Kirk reaches the reception only to find out it is not just Klingon ships that are disappearing, but Federation vessels, Romulan Birds of Prey, and ships from almost every known race are vanishing without a trace.

Now, Captain Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise must determine the fate of the missing ships before the entire known galaxy is drawn into a deadly conflict.



BrewsterChristine ChapelPavel ChekovClarkFavereFossGoshalkIolaConrad Franklin KentJames T. KirkKroeberKyleLungoLeonard McCoyMiraskinNoguraOmenHazel PaytonPlumtreeRuhoMontgomery ScottBahia SlocumSpockHikaru SuluTormUhura
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Jorge Luis BorgesSamuel ButlerGeorg CantorCarterEliotSigmund FreudKhanJohn MiltonBarbara OmenPanWilliam ShakespeareJohn Wayne

Starships and vehiclesEdit

class-J freighterUSS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • ErehwonIKS Kormak
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USS Crockett


Pegasus IVSector 412Starbase 12Starbase 23
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MoscowPrufrock's WorldSector 39JUnited States

Races and culturesEdit

Human (Native AmericanRussian) • HortaKlingeeKlingonVulcan
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G'lopsOrganianOrion slave girlRomulan

States and organizationsEdit

Enyart'sFederation CouncilKlingon EmpireStarfleetStarfleet AcademyStarfleet CommandStarfleet Medical CorpsStarfleet OperationsUnited Federation of Planets

Other referencesEdit

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