After saving Earth from the threat of V'Ger, James T. Kirk is called again to the final frontier. His new mission: to lead a valiant group of settlers to a distant world, to defend the struggling colony from alien threats, and to explore the diverse mysteries and dangers of a strange new Earth!
Far from the Federation, a newly discovered M-class world has been eyed as a potential home by a group of hardy and determined colonists. Starfleet can spare only one starship to escort the would-be settlers on their perilous voyage, but that ship is none other than the legendary Starship Enterprise, commanded by the most well-known captain in the quadrant. Now Kirk finds himself responsible for the lives of 60,000 men, women, and children -- a task that grows all the more difficult when the expedition is caught in the middle of an ancient feud between two dangerous alien races!


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AngusTroy AugustineGina AustinRay AustinLinda BatterseyTed BishopFelix BlaineBurnellJack CarpenterPavel ChekovTom CoatesLilian CoatesDerronAnton DeSalleDimionMitch DoganGarittBarry GiottoGradySylvia GravesGrenskiMae KilvennanMichael KilvennanQuinn KilvennanJames T. KirkChuck LindseyLucyBilly MaidenshoreMarvinLeonard McCoyDaniel MerklingMolyneauxEvan PardonnetEmil PashkeRoibSardochMontgomery ScottShucorionHikaru SuluSpockHoward TannerTrautnerNyota UhuraUlwenVellyngaithVerdicchioWayne
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Leonard James AkaarBannonBriggsBeverly ChaalkerNed ChalkerBen ChildressEleenJamie FinneyJohn GlassIan KilvennanJosette KilvennanStefan KilvennanDan MarksM'BengaAnchorhead McHaleThomas MeerToby ParkerEli SammsShapinskiBrook SmithSnyderVan DuzzenHelen Kilvennan Webb

Starships and vehiclesEdit

American RoverAnnie BUSS BeowulfBlack SwanBrother's KeeperChargerColungeComancheCrystobelUSS EnterpriseFoggy DewHampton RoadsHeidiUSS ImpellerIroquoisKaleonaheKensington TaylorLakotaLewis and ClarkMable StevensMacedonMandrake AnachronaeNorfolk RebelNormandyNorthwest PassageOlympianOregon TrailPandora's BoxPolynesianPromontory PointQuincy B. HobbsRattlesnakeRed BarnUSS RepublicRoyal YorkSacajaweaTonclinTwilight SentinelUncle Jace's PocketWebb 1Webb 2Webb 3Webb 4Webb 5Webb 6Webb 7Webb 8Webb 9Yukon


Belle TerreCluster Z-80EarthOccultquake moonSagittarian Stellar Group
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Aldebaran IIIAltus IVBeta AurigaeEminiarHellMeridianNew ChicagoStarbase OneVendikarVulcan

Races and culturesEdit

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States and organizationsEdit

All KauldBelle Terre Colonial ExpeditionBlood ManyFederation CouncilFederation Department of SettlementStarfleetUnited Federation of Planets

Science and technologyEdit

artificial gravityautograv systembattlefield tactical displaycablecartographycellcircuitcommand chairconsoledensitydialDoppler shifteggenergyengineeyedropsGamma DawnGamma Nightgriddlehairhangnailhourlife supportlow-gain generatormarkermassmetermineralminutemutantneutron starorbitphaserphysicsplate movementquakeradiation sheetred-alert panelsatellitescience arrayscreensecondsensorsensor displayshort-range sensorskullspacespark blindstarstar systemstarshipstomachtentaclethroatthrustertimetoenailtractor beamvolcanicweapons port

Ranks and titlesEdit

analystcaptaincartographerchorus girlengineerhelmsmanquartermasterscience analysttactical officertourist

Other referencesEdit

alert bellapplesauceasteroidbarrelbathrobebeardbeauty sleepbridgebroadleafbugbuttercargo doorchickencinnamonClass Mcobwebcolonycompanycreditdaydeckdemonic possessiondreamdustfaunaflicker-animate picturehatchhelmmatmonthmoonneutroniumoutpostpaperpipeplanetpool-tableportholeposterprime ribramprationred alertrobesnorkelsquidstool • "Swan Lake" • teakwoodtechnologytidewater tobaccotoolweaponweekwindowwire brushwrestlingyearzombie



This novel was, of course, named for Gene Roddenberry's original concept for Star Trek - a "wagon train to the stars".

The introduction and the dates in the novel suggests, that the story takes place in 2273, but circumstances clearly show that it, in fact, takes place in 2279.




published order
Previous novel:
Across the Universe
TOS numbered novels Next novel:
New Earth
Belle Terre
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Wagon Train to the Stars
The Captains' Meeting
Pocket Next Adventure:
Belle Terre
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2279.
The Pocket Books Timeline places events from this story in two other timeframes:
Previous Adventure:
The Captain's Daughter
Chapters 15-17
Three Months Earlier
Next Adventure:
Ship of the Line
Chapters 1-5
Previous Adventure:
Family Matters
The Captains' Meeting
Next Adventure:
Wagon Train to the Stars

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