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DescriptionEdit

The Starship Enterprise is humanity's flagship -- the first vessel to begin a systematic exploration of what lies beyond the fringes of known space. Led by Captain Jonathan Archer, eighty of Starfleet's best and brightest set forth to pave humanity's way among the stars. Tempered by a year's worth of exploration, they are a disciplined, cohesive unit. But now one of their number has fallen.
Bad enough that Ensign Alana Hart is dead. Worse still that she died while attempting to sabotage the Enterprise -- and at the hands of Lieutenant Malcolm Reed, the ship's armory officer and her nominal superior. Even as questions swirl around Hart's death, Archer, Reed, and the rest of the Enterprise crew find themselves caught squarely in the middle of another tense situation- a brutal war of terror between two civilizations.
But in the Eris Alpha system, nothing -- and no one -- are what they seem. And before the secret behind Ensign Hart's demise is exposed, Reed will be forced to confront death one more time.

SummaryEdit

Reed takes it upon himself to get to know one of his staff, Ensign Hart, who is something of a loner. The pair become attracted and Hart confesses that, on her previous assignment the Achilles, she killed two Vulcan hostages she mistook for pirates, an incident that was covered up by Starfleet. Reed puts an end to their burgeoning romance because it conflicts with regulations and Hart requests a transfer.

First, Enterprise answers a distress call from an outpost belonging to a race known as the Sarkassians. During an away mission, in addition to several dead Sarkassians, Reed finds an unconscious Hart and a comatose alien. The Sarkassians identify the alien as Goridian, a member of the Ta'alaat race they are at war with and the person responsible for the outpost's destruction. Hart awakes with amnesia and then tries to fire on the Sarkassian ships. She dies after Reed shoots her with a phase pistol set on stun.

Ambassador Valay and Commodore Roan of the Sarkassians board Enterprise but then kills Goridian when they are alone. She then turns on Roan and strands him at the outpost. Enterprise rescues him and Roan explains the origin of the conflict: The Sarkassians discovered the Ta'alaat homeworld was home to the technology of the long-dead Anu'anshee race and they sought to appropriate it. However, the Ta'alaat workshipped the Anu'anshee as gods and saw the use as blasphemy, starting a holy war. Now the Sarkassians are on the verge of civil war between those who favour changing their policy and those who favour all-out war. However, Valay is acting without authorisation.

Reed and Roan return to the outpost but are ambushed by Valay, who kills first Roan and then her own men. Reed finally realises the truth: Goridian used the Anu'anshee technology to transfer his consciousness into first Hart and then Valay. He plans to make it appear Starfleet has allied themselves with Roan's faction and trigger off a war with Valay's faction. He attempts to transfer his consciousness to Reed but Hart's consciousness is revealed to have moved to Reed when her body died and transfers to Valay/Goridian, holding him in place long enough for Reed to kill him. The Sarkassians accept Archer's explanation for what has occurred and war is averted.

ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

Enterprise personnelEdit

Jonathan ArcherBishopCarstairsElizabeth CutlerDiazDuelAlana HartLevyTravis MayweatherDonna O'NeillPerkinsPhloxMalcolm ReedSantiniHoshi SatoT'PolCharles Tucker III
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ChefCravensHess

Other Starfleet personnelEdit

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AyersMaxwell ForrestJon LymanJohn Mayhill

Sarkassians and Ta'alaatEdit

AshColKostal GoridianKellanNatirRoan S'acreeValay Shuma
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Mercantor Gol

Other charactersEdit

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Winston ChurchillJulian S. CorbettJ.F.C. FullerBasil Liddell HartJonathan HartNicole HartKlaangStuart ReedZobral

Starships and vehiclesEdit

Amileus (Striker-class) • Enterprise (NX-01) (NX-class) • Shuttlepod 1Shuttlepod 2Talbot (Defender-class)
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AchillesApollo Lunar ModuleBrosmanCressotiHaven (Relayer-class) • Shi'ar

LocationsEdit

Eris Alpha system • (Eris Alpha IIIEris Alpha IIIa (Sarkassian outpost) • Eris Alpha Prime)
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ArcturusCamusDar ShalaanDenobulan clusterDinai Station (dilithium-refining facility) • Earth (ChampagneEnglandFranceSan FranciscoSussex) • Europa BaseLuna (Lake Armstrong) • KandogeOndahar VIIQo'noSRisaSarkassiaSirius IV (Cochrane Research Facility)

Races and culturesEdit

DenobulanHuman (English) • SarkassianTa'alaatVulcan
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Anu'ansheeCyreanHajjlaranKlingonSulibanTorothan

States and organizationsEdit

Sarkassian EmpireUnited Earth Starfleet
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Apollo programBoy Scouts of AmericaEastern CoalitionPerth UniversityRoyal NavySarkassian Central CouncilExecutive CouncilSuliban Cabal

Ranks and titlesEdit

aideambassadorarmory officerastronautcaptaincommandercommodorecookcounselorcrewmandoctorensignhelmsmanlieutenantlinguistmarksmanpiraterefugeescientistvice admiralwatch officer

Science and technologyEdit

amnesiaasphyxiationatmospheric containment fieldatmosphereautopsybinary starbloodbrain (cerebral cortexhippocampus) • chlorinediagnostic caliperdiaphragendilithiumdilithium chamberDonaldson matrixduraniumEEGelectricityelectromagnetic fieldelectronEM-33EM spectrumenvironmental suitfield generatorfingernailfiring circuitfiring relayflashlightforcefieldfusion torpedogasketgravitygrenadeholographic projectorholographic targeting deviceimaging chamberimpulse driveimpulse reactorjamming beamlinguisticsmarker buoymemorymicroscopeMinsharamonofilamentnitrogenoxygenozonepaddperihelionphase cannonphase pistolphondrikaarplasma chargeplasma conduitpolarized hull platingpower conduitprotein resequencerradiationsatellite relayseizuresensorsensor beamsiliconskullspatial torpedospectrographic analysisstress testsubspacesynchronous orbitteethtitaniumtransporterultravioletuniversal translatorviruswarp drivewarp five engine

Other referencesEdit

39th century BCE2125214621492150ampouleballoonbrigcanarycatchampagnecoffeecoffincottagecoverallcrowncultural genocidediagnostic kitdiplomacydistress callduty shifteggEngland in the Seven Years' Wareulogyfried chickenfrittatafuneralgungurneyheadpiecehieroglyphshorsejamJanuarylasagnalaunch bayMeasuring Quantum States Within Bioelectric OrganismsmeatmeatloafmilkNew Year's Eveomelettepiracypyramidreligionroberoller-coastersandwichscience labserial numbershoesilverskilletspearsugarswordtentthermostoasttorpedo baytowelvegetablevineyardwaterWorld War IWorld War IIWorld War III

AppendicesEdit

Related storiesEdit

BackgroundEdit

ImagesEdit

ConnectionsEdit

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 )

TimelineEdit

published order
Previous novel:
By the Book
Enterprise novels Next novel:
Surak's Soul
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Oasis
Pocket Next Adventure:
Detained
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2151.
The Pocket Books Timeline places events from this story in two other timeframes:
Previous Adventure:
Broken Bow
2151
Prologue section 2
Next Adventure:
Cabin E-14 (sections 8-10)
Previous Adventure:
Two Days and Two Nights
2152 Next Adventure:
Cabin E-14


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