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.
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.
- Jonathan Archer • Ash • Bishop • Carstairs • Col • Cravens • Elizabeth Cutler • Diaz • Duel • Kostal Goridian • Alana Hart • Hess • Kellan • Travis Mayweather • Natir • Donna O'Neill • Perkins • Phlox • Malcolm Reed • Roan S'acree • Santini • Hoshi Sato • Valay Shuma • T'Pol • Charles "Trip" Tucker III
- Referenced only
- Ayers • Chef • Winston Churchill • Julian S. Corbett • Maxwell Forrest • J.F.C. Fuller • God • Mercantor Gol • Basil Liddell Hart • Jonathan Hart • Nicole Hart • Klaang • Levy • Jon Lyman • John Mayhill • Zobral
Starships and vehiclesEdit
- Achilles • Amileus (Striker-class) • Apollo Lunar Module • Brosman • Cressoti • Enterprise (NX-class) • Shuttlepod 2 • Talbot (Defender-class) • Haven (Relayer-class) • Shi'ar
- Arcturus • Camus • Champagne • Cochrane Research Facility • Dar Shalaan • Denobulan cluster • Dinai Station • Eris Alpha system • Eris Alpha III • Eris Alpha IIIa • Eris Alpha Prime • Europa Base • France • Hell • Kandoge • Lake Armstrong • Luna • Ondahar VII • Perth University • Qo'noS • Risa • San Francisco • Sirius IV • Sussex
Races and culturesEdit
- Anu'anshee • Cyrean • Denobulan • Hajjlaran • Human • Preserver • Sarkassian • Suliban • Ta'alaat • Vulcan
States and organizationsEdit
- Central Council • Earth Starfleet • ECON • Executive Council • Royal Navy • Sarkassian Empire • United States Navy
- Apollo program • canary • cat • champagne • coffee • coffin • coverall • diaphragen • dilithium crystal • duranium • EEG • EM-33 • England in the Seven Years' War • flashlight • fried chicken • horse • jam • lasagna • lily • Measuring Quantum States Within Bioelectric Organisms • meatloaf • milk • New Year's Eve • PADD • phase cannon • phondrikaar • photon torpedo • pirate • plasma charger • rat • robe • roller-coaster • sandwich • silver • sugar • thermos • titanium • toast • World War III • worm
- The dates for the story are given as December 2150 and January 2151 (the Enterprise was launched in April 2151). The only time the correct year is given is in the Prologue, when the death of Alana Hart is given as January 14, 2152. However, since Zobral (from "Desert Crossing", which takes place February 12, 2152) and Risa (from "Two Days and Two Nights", which takes place February 18, 2152) are referred to, the bulk of the story must be set after then. The Pocket Books Timeline keeps Hart's date of death the same but moves the bulk of the story several weeks ahead to late February 2152.
- Ensign Hoshi Sato is referred to as Ensign Hoshi twice (it should be Ensign Sato).
- Elizabeth Cutler is referred to as an ensign (she is an enlisted crewmember).
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Prologue section 2
Cabin E-14 (Sections 8-10)
Two Days and Two Nights