When a large Klingon fleet arrives at Deep Space 9 and refuse to clarify their intentions, Sisko enlists the help of Worf.

Publisher's descriptionEdit

The entire Alpha Quadrant has been threatened with deadly infiltration by the shape-shifting Founders of the Dominion. Already the Romulans and Cardassians have been decimated by the clandestine machinations of the Founders.

Now the newly promoted Captain Benjamin Sisko of Deep Space Nine has another problem: a massive fleet of Klingon warships has arrived at DS9 on a secret mission. Unable to learn anything from an elusive Klingon general, Sisko turns to Lt. Commander Worf, formerly of the Starship Enterprise and the only Klingon in Starfleet, to try and uncover the truth.

What Worf learns will have a profound impact on the future of the Alpha Quadrant, and Sisko must risk destroying the Federation-Klingon alliance to prevent a full-scale war!




Main characters
Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks) • Kira Nerys (Nana Visitor) • Jadzia Dax (Terry FarrellWorf, son of Mogh (Michael Dorn) • Julian Bashir (Alexander Siddig) • Miles O'Brien (Colm Meaney) • Odo (Rene Auberjonois) • Quark (Armin Shimerman)
Recurring characters
Elim Garak (Andrew J. Robinson) • Dukat (Marc Alaimo) • Kasidy Yates (Penny Johnson) • Martok, son of Urthog (J. G. Hertzler) • Gowron, son of M'Rel (Robert O'Reilly) • Morn (Mark Allen Shepherd) • Broik (David B. Levinson)
Other characters
Drex, son of Martok (Obi Ndefo) • Kaybok (Christopher Darga) • Huraga (William Dennis Hunt) • Helen Blake (Patricia Tallman)
Novelization characters
EwaiGrunerKlasqLocanLournLuisMeraOnnakPaghalPelorRuktahWayne SheppardYelu
Referenced characters
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Robert AndersonB. J.CindyRoger CorbettCurzon DaxGailaHasturKahless the UnforgettableKahlessKoruKurnLancelotMolorJean-Luc PicardRomAlexander RozhenkoJake SiskoJennifer SiskoJoseph SiskoKornelius Yates


Alpha QuadrantBorethBoreth MonasteryCardassiaDeep Space 9Garak's ClothiersOperations centerPromenadeQuark'sStation commander's officeWardroom
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BajorBajoran wormholeBetreka NebulaCestus IIIDublinEarthFort SumterGaila's moonGamma QuadrantHoobishan BathsIonite NebulaPike CityQo'noSRiver SkralSector 2Sector 3TrillVeridian IIIVeridian IV


USS Defiant (Defiant-class) • Excelsior-classK't'inga-classIKS M'Char (Klingon bird-of-prey) • IKS Negh'Var (Negh'Var-class) • CDS Prakesh (Galor-class) • IKS Prakesh (Klingon warship) • USS Trial (Miranda-class) • USS Venture (Galaxy-class) • Vor'cha-classSS Xhosa (Antares-class)
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USS EnterpriseFerengi freighterIKS LechrajIKS Mu'GorIKS RokrunaboutIKS Vortacha

Races and culturesEdit

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States and organizationsEdit

Bajoran MilitiaCardassian GuardCardassian UnionClerics of BorethDetapa CouncilHouse of MoghHouse of MartokKlingon Defense ForceKlingon EmpireStarfleetUnited Federation of Planets
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Bajoran IntelligenceCardassian Central CommandCardassian dissident movementDominionFederation CouncilFoundersGestapoHouse of DurasKlingon High CouncilNyberrite AllianceObsidian OrderPike City Pioneers

Other referencesEdit

ablative armorambassadorAmerican Civil Warassimilationasteroid fieldautomatic aiming sensorbaseballbaseball capbat'lethBetreka Nebula Incidentbloodblood feudblood screeningbloodwineCardassian historycloaking devicecoffeecoup d'étatcrossover bridgedabodartsdashikidecibeldefense runaboutdisruptor pistold'k tahgdocking clampduraniumemergency shelteremergency warpevasive maneuversFirst Battle of Deep Space 9flagshipfusion reactorgaghGramilian sand peagreavegrishnar catHessian bootholodeckholonovelholosuitehonorimperial overseerkanarKhitomer AccordsKlingon operaKlingoneseKlingon historyLancelotmartial lawmassageNehru jacketorbital defense systemorbital habitatphaser riflephaser sweepphoton torpedopokerprune juicequaker gunquantum torpedoretrofitRoChaq'Varoot beershore leavestar chartstrategic operations officerTam o' Shantertask forceTeresian hardwoodTholian silkthorontractor beamVitarian woolVikingyamok sauce



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