Publisher's descriptionEdit

The United Federation of Planets has weathered its first major crisis, but its growing pains are just beginning. Admiral Jonathan Archer hopes to bring the diverse inhabitants of the powerful and prosperous Rigel system into the Federation, jump-starting the young nation's growth and stabilizing a key sector of space. Archer and the Federation's top diplomats journey to the planetoid Babel to debate Rigel's admission…but a looming presidential race heats up the idealogical divide within the young nation, jeopardizing the talks and threatening to undo the fragile unity Archer has worked so hard to preserve.
Meanwhile, the sinister Orion Syndicate recruits new allies of its own, seeking to beat the Federation at its own game. Determined to keep Rigel out of the union, they help a hostile Rigelian faction capture sensitive state secrets along with Starfleet hostages, including a young officer with a vital destiny. Captain Malcolm Reed, Captain T'Pol, and their courageous crews must now brave the wonders and dangers of Rigel's many worlds to track down the captives before the system is plunged into all-out war.


The Rigelians are being considered for Federation membership, even though there is still dispute among Federation members over the validity of the organisation. Archer and the Endeavour accompany a delegation from both powers to Babel, where the Federation will debate whether or not to accept Rigel as a member. Meanwhile, the Pioneer is sent to the Rigel system to learn more about their culture.

However, the move is opposed by Garos and the Orions, especially since Rigel joining the Federation will affect the Orions' trade routes. To this end, they invite the First Families, a set of criminal organisations operating throughout the Rigel system, to join them and their allies. While Sam Kirk and Grev are examining the Rigelian archives, they are abducted by Garos' assistant Toric, who had murdered and assumed the identity of Rigelian director Rehlen Vons, and the First Families, who also steal records kept by the Rigelian Trade Commission, which will allow them to blackmail the Rigelian authorities.

Archer spends the night with Rigelian delegate Sedra Hemnask but at the same time an assassin fires on Federation presidential candidate Anlenthoris ch'Vhendreni and Archer is framed. It is eventually revealed that Hemnask has blood ties to the First Families and was coerced into assisting them by threats to her father and half-siblings. However, she had no involvement in the assassination: Her assignment was simply to embarrass Archer by claiming he had seduced her to gain her support while convincing the delegation that Federation membership would provoke war in the Rigelian system. The assassination attempt was arranged by the Mazarites without their allies' permission and, furious that Garos' plan was ruined, the Orions have the Mazarites punished.

The Endeavour and Pioneer crews begin a systematic search for Kirk and Grev. At one possible information site, Mayweather and Sangupta manage to convince an isolated group of Rigelians that the Malurians will betray them and enlist their help. Williams infiltrates a First Families stronghold but is captured after saving a servant girl from being raped. She is taken to Garos where she helps him realise the First Families intend to betray the Malurians and extend their influence. Toric is killed by his supposed allies but Garos escapes and not only gives Williams the necessary information to rescue Kirk and Grev but provides the Trade Commission with information that incites rebellions against the First Families and allows their members to be arrested and prosecuted. The Rigelians are accepted into the Federation.

However, on Sauria things are proceeding less well. Outbreaks of plague in regions with alien miners allow Maltuvis to annex the areas without resistance in exchange for medical help: In reality, the Orions have provided him with both the plague and the cure. Tucker and Federation miner Toni Ruiz manage to steal the cure for the Global League, halting the plague and Maltuvis' expansion, but Maltuvis remains in control of most of the planet's mineral wealth. Tucker is discomforted when Section 31 are not only willing to leave Maltuvis in power so long as he continues to trade with the Federation but threaten Tucker with repercussions if he tries to bring Maltuvis down himself.




Aranthanien ch'RevashAvaranthi sh'RothressAstellet ch'TerrenAnlenthoris ch'Vhendreni
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Lecheb sh'Makesh


TastraTeixh Veurk


AbnettYasmin AchratiLaila AlindoganHaroun al-RashidJonathan ArcherTamara Ann ArouetGannet BrooksMarie ChiangElizabeth CutlerClifton DetzelDanica EricksonYsanne FellMatthew HarrisCharlemagne HuaMikhail KamenevPercival KimbridgeTakashi KimuraSamuel Abraham KirkKonicekKuldipIan LegattTherese LiaoJeremy LucasTravis MayweatherKenji MishimaSascha MoneyPedro OrtegaZhi Nu PalmerQaletaquMalcolm ReedSelina RosenAntonio RuizReynaldo SanguptaHoshi SatoNasrin SloaneFreya StarkRegina TallaricoCharles Tucker III/Albert SimsThomas VanderbiltMarcus WilliamsValeria WilliamsZircher
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James BondCarolineChenEmory EricksonQuinn EricksonGalileo GalileiTheodor Seuss GeiselErika HernandezIyerPercival LowellMuhammadMargaret MullinFrancisco de OrellanaRebeccaMichel RomaineRuby




Dular GarosRinorToric


Ibed Tarzah/Rihat DirafEldi Zankor




Dectof CorthocFetrin CorthocVemrim CorthocDamregDenuriGanaiarSedra HemnaskBoda JahletAdren KosparMindlenKishkik SajithenRetifel ThamnosJemer Zehron
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Lovar DlebaGorvel HemnaskVoctel ThamnosRehlen Vons


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Rogra jav BaurBrantikBodor chim Grev
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Gora bim Gral


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Nop Tenott
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Orav Penap


BievelDashecTobin DaxJofirekPhlox
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GodHoly MotherKeylaPorthosRiannSarin

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Endeavour (Columbia-class) • freighterGrennex G-7Grennex RK6 (light freighter) • ECS HarryhausenhoverskiffLorillian freighterNamkunNiyilar 17 (fighter) • USS Pioneer (Intrepid-class) • repair podsea shuttleshuttlepodskimmerSud Qav (Klingon privateer) • trucktugWare battleship
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Atlantis (NX-class) • Columbia (NX-class) • Discovery (NX-class) • Enterprise (NX-class) • escape podECS HorizonRivgorECS Voortrekker


Babel Station, Babel, Gliese 283 BBorderlandEarth (Marina Boulevard, Starfleet Headquarters, San Francisco, CaliforniaFederation Executive Building, Paris) • the galaxyHD I9632 systemIota PegasiKaferiaKandari sectorOrionPsi Serpentis A, Psi SerpentisQhembembem OutpostRigelRigel I (Trojan asteroid field) • Rigel II (Trykar Palace Hotel, Kefvenek) • Rigel III (Hainali River, Hainali BasinJanxor) • Rigel IV (Poustof Hills) • Rigel V (Mount Dleba ObservatoryMount HalanarTregonTregon Sea) • Rigel VI (Ryneh Shipyard) • Rigel VII (Vinaula Mountains) • Rigel VIIIRigel Colony OneSauria (LyakstiBasilic Palace, M'TezirRedik's, Patorco Harbor, NarpraVeranith Parliament Building, Veranith) • Verex IIIVoortrekker colonyWare trading post
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602 ClubAgaronAjilon PrimeAkaali HomeworldAlpha CentauriAlrondAmazon BasinAndorBerengaria VIICalrissiaCheronCold Station 12ColombiaCoridanCuba (HavanaSanta Clara) • DenebEurasiaFisherman's WharfFloridaGreenlandIowaJamaicaMalur, MaluriaMarsMentharNeptuneNeutral ZoneNorth AmericaOrelious IX, Orelious systemPromelliaQe'tran colonyRamatisRheaRigel IXRigel XRigel Colony TwoRigel Colony ThreeRoss 271Sanctuary DistrictSaturnShikahrSouth AmericaTau Ceti IVTellarTethysThird Street PromenadeVega colony, Vega IX, VegaVenezuelaVulcanWare trading postZavijava VZeta Fornacis VI

Races and culturesEdit

AgaronAndorianBoslicCoridaniteDenobulanHuman (AmericanBritishCentaurianCubanEuropeanFilipinaJapaneseMartianScotTerran) • Klingon (HemQuchQuchHa') • LorillianMalurianMazariteOrionRigelian (ChelonJelnaKalarZami) • RisianSaurianSulibanTellariteTrillVulcanWareXarantine
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AkaaliArkonianAugmentAxanar • Human (AmazonianChineseSpanishSpartan) • KaferianMentharNausicaanPromellianRamatis nativesRomulanTandaranValakianVertianXindi

States and organizationsEdit

CorthocsEuropean AllianceExecutive Council of the Saurian Global LeagueFederalistsFirst Families of RigelGlobal LeagueHainalianInterspecies Medical ExchangeM'Tezir EmpireM'Tezir Expeditionary Medical CorpsM'Tezir Royal CommandNarpranOrion SyndicatePlanetaristRaldulRigelian Trade CommissionSection 31StarfleetStarfleet SecurityThamnos clanThree SistersUnited Federation of PlanetsUnited Rigel Worlds and ColoniesVeranith Defense ForceVeranith ParliamentZankor Syndicate
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Alpha Centauri merchant marineAlrond News-feedAndorian EmpireAndorian Imperial GuardAnti-revisionistBritish East India CompanyBritish EmpireCentauri FirstCoalition of PlanetsColonial Port AuthorityEarth Cargo ServiceFederation CouncilHill PeopleKaferi familyKanyor clanKlingon Defense ForceKlingon EmpireKlingon High CouncilLechebistMilitary Assault Command OrganizationRigelian Defense ForceRigelian Governing BoardStarfleet AcademyStarfleet CommandSuliban CabalTellar Space AdministrationTerra PrimeUESPAUnited EarthUnited Planets of TellarUniversity of Alpha CentauriVulcan High CommandVulcan Science Academy

Science and technologyEdit

ablative ceramic hulladrenalineagricultureairlockair tubealienanimalantenna arrayantitoxinartificial gravityartillery shellatmosphereatombiometric interfacebiosignbloodbonecannoncarbon composite hullcarbon-fiber composite hullcarbon-reinforced thermopolymer hullcentimeterchandelierchromosomeclockcommunicatorcomputercomputer servercooling fancrossbowdartdata bankdatabasedata crystaldeflectordetonatordisruptorDNAdoomsday weapondrugearpieceeggengineevolutionfarming thresherfireflagshipfood synthesizerforce fieldfossilgalaxygeologygeometryglengetgravitygravity platinggunhairheartheat radiatorhermaphroditehologramhormone supplementhumanoidiceicebergimpulse engineimpulse manifoldimpulse reactorindicatorintercominternal-combustion engineion trailjamming fieldJovian type planetkilometerknifeL5 pointlavalife supportlight-yearlong bowlungMalurian maskmammalianmanipulator armmass drivermathematicsmedicinemelatoninmetermethylacetylenemineralMinshara-classmirrormonitornavigational beaconnetnight-vision visororbitoxygenparticle beamparticle cannonphase cannonphase pistolpistolplaceboplagueplantplasma pistolpolarized hull platingportable transporter relaypower packprobeproteinradarradiationradioisotopered dwarfrefresherreptilianRigelian Feverrobotrobotic maintenance dronesatellitescannerseed-particle launchersensorsensor probeshieldshield generatorshowersilica-based aerogel foamsolar collectorsolar panelspacespatial torpedospearstarstarshipstar systemstreet lampsubspacesubspace phase discrimination filtersubspace phase transitionsubspace radiosubspace relaysubspace transceiversubspace transmittertelescopeterraformingthrustertractor beamtractor emittertranslunar Lagrange pointtransportertransporter bufferturboliftuniversal translatoruniverseUV rayvaccineVenus drugviewportviewscreenviruswarp drivewarp factorwarp nacellewarshipwaste recyclerwheelwhite dwarfwindshieldXindi weapon

Ranks and titlesEdit

administratoradmiralambassadorarmory officerassassinassistant directorbartenderBasileusbouncerbridge officercaptainchief engineerchief medical officerchieftaincolonelcommandercommanding officercommunications officercouncillorcrewmancrime bossDeputy Directordiplomatdirectordiverdoctorengineerensignexecutive officerFederation Commissioner of Foreign Affairsfirst officergovernorgunnerhelmsmanhistorianjeghpu'wI'journalistkinglieutenantlieutenant commanderlong shoremanmarinermaskmakermerchantminernurseofficerphilosopherphysicianpilotpiratepolice chiefpoliticianpresidentPresident of the United Federation of Planetspresiderprinceprincessprofessorreporterscience officerscientistsecurity guardserfservantslaversmugglersoldierspytactical officerVelomwarlord

Other referencesEdit

1960s2130s215321612163216421st centuryalcoholAmerican footballAndorian gendersangelArticles of Federationasteroidasteroid beltautumnBabel ConferencesbatbathrobeBattle of Tau Ceti IVbioluminescent algaebookBraillebrandybrassbridgebronzeCalrissian chameleoncandycantinacasinocenturycharcoalchesschimneycinnamoncitycivil warcockpitcoffeecoincolonycontinentcotcottoncountrydaydecadedemocracydilithiumdistress signalduraniumeagleEarth-Romulan WarelephantelfendosexesEnglish languageexosexesFebruaryfernfishgamblinggisjachehglassgoosegovernmentgreenbean casserolehelmethistoryhomeworldhorsehot springhourhypnoidiced teainsectJulyJunekeffiyehKir'SharakissKolinahrkreeyitchlanguagelaunch bayleopardliquorlizardlogicmagicMarchmarriageMayMenthar-Promellian Warmess hallmetalmilitaryminingminutemonthmoonmountainmoviemythologynarcotic stickNarpran rumNovemberOctoberoreoutpostowlpearpencilpennypevrig cakephilosophypigpiracyplanetplanetoidplastic explosiveplaying cardplesiosaurpon farrpotatopuppetPyrithian moon hawkPyrrhic victoryRamatis Choral DebatesrebellionRigelian yakriver dolphinrockroperubberrumrumweedryetalynsaunaSaurian brandyschoolscienceseaweedsecondsectorself destructshechjuksickbayslaverysmugglingspace boomerspaceportspringStarfleet uniformSurak's AnalectsSuus MahnatattooThe Teachings of Suraktechnologytechnophobiatelepathythermoconcretetortoisetotem poleTower of BabeltukhanthikuniformVertian crisisvyun-pa-shanwalruswaterweaponwolfxenophobiaxiangqiXindi incidentyear


  • The actual name and back story of the "white robots" mentioned in this novel would be covered more in depth in Uncertain Logic.



This novel covers the period from 19 October 2163 to 18 November 2164.

Production historyEdit

Published Order
Previous novel:
A Choice of Futures
Enterprise novels Next novel:
Uncertain Logic
Previous story:
A Choice of Futures
Stories by:
Christopher L. Bennett
Next story:
Uncertain Logic



Related storiesEdit

Star Trek: Enterprise prose publications
Novelizations Broken BowShockwaveThe Expanse
Original novels set during the series By the BookWhat Price Honor?Surak's SoulDaedalusDaedalus's ChildrenLast Full MeasureRosetta
set after the series The Good That Men DoKobayashi MaruThe Romulan War (Beneath the Raptor's WingTo Brave the Storm) • Rise of the Federation (A Choice of FuturesTower of BabelUncertain LogicLive by the CodePatterns of Interference )


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