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Acts of Contrition is a Star Trek: Voyager novel by Kirsten Beyer, published by Pocket Books in September 2014. It is the sixth Voyager novel set after Star Trek: Destiny and the tenth overall set after the series. It centers around the "Confederacy of the Worlds of the First Quadrant".


Admiral Kathryn Janeway has now taken command of the Full Circle Fleet. Her mission: return to the Delta Quadrant and open diplomatic relations with the Confederacy of the Worlds of the First Quadrant, a civilization whose power rivals that of the Federation. Captain Chakotay knows that his choices could derail the potential alliance. While grateful to the Confederacy Interstellar Fleet of rescuing the Federation starships from an alien armada, Voyager's captain cannot forget the horrors that upon which the Confederacy was founded.
More troubling, it appears that several of Voyager's old adversaries have formed a separate and unlikely pact that is determined to bring down the Confederacy at all costs. Sins of the past haunt the crew members of the Full Circle Fleet as they attempt to chart a course for the future. Will they learn much too late that some sins can never be forgiven… or forgotten?


The remaining and new (USS Vesta) members of the Full Circle fleet are hosted by the Confederacy as both sides assess the possibility of an alliance. However, the Federation officers become increasingly uncomfortable with some aspects of Confederacy culture: All citizens are expected to contribute to society, and those who are deemed as not meeting the standard are left to starve and denied medical treatment. Although the Confederacy is ostensibly led by Presider Cin, most of the power is held by First Consul Dreeg, who runs the Confederacy's Market Consortium.

Back on Earth, Tom Paris faces the custody application for his children filed by his mother Julia, and is ultimately successful. Seven of Nine and Sharak head for Starfleet Medical where Seven is reunited with an unharmed Axum. Slowly, she begins to realise that the nightmares she experienced were the result of their catoms being used for dangerous and fatal experiments on apparently healthy individuals. Starfleet have also forcibly brought Riley Frazier and the children in her charge back to the Alpha Quadrant and extracted their catoms as well.

Seven's friends are denied access to her and she eventually discovers she is being held in stasis, with the group mind created by the catoms giving her the illusion of being with Axum and Riley. Unaware of this, Paris arranges for Samantha Wildman to take Sharak to Coridan, where he discovers the recent plague victims have been deliberately infected by Ria, a mysterious hospital volunteer who appears to have a connection to the project head Jefferson Briggs. Back in the Delta Quadrant, the Doctor reaches the conclusion that the "plague" was caused by damaged catoms making existing diseases stronger and suspects someone in Starfleet is trying to weaponise catoms, but Louis Zimmerman's interference in his memory files causes him to become increasingly confused and Chakotay has to shut him down.

Relations between the Federation and the Confederacy reach breaking point, as Confederacy General Mattings executes a group of rebels from a world that has been denied aid or the right to leave the Confederacy despite Chakotay having captured them alive, and O'Donnell takes a Confederacy official to witness the worlds the Confederacy abandoned. Despite this, Janeway agrees to help Cin negotiate a peace with the alien fleet just outside their territory.

Discussions with senior Skeen officer Meeml seem fruitful, but Kashyk and Dreeg take charge of the negotiations and the Kinara insist the Confederacy hand Janeway over to them. Voyager and the USS Vesta briefly join the Confederacy in battling the alien fleet but ultimately Janeway agrees to surrender herself in order to prove her theory: Kashyk and the other Kinara leaders are in fact possessed by Meegan and the other members of the Indign.



USS Voyager personnel

Gaines AubreyHugh CambridgeChakotayNancy ConlonAytar GwynHarry KimKenth LasrenMiral ParisTom ParisDevi PatelSeven of NineSharakB'Elanna TorresVanessa Waters

USS Demeter personnel

BrillSten FaltoAtlee FifeLiam O'DonnellUrl LaskThomas Vincent

USS Galen personnel

Reginald BarclayCress BenoitThe DoctorMichael DruryClarissa GlennRanson Velth

USS Vesta personnel

ChengDecanRegina FarkasKrim HochKathryn JanewayJepel OmarJulian PsilakisMalcolm RoachEl'nor SalSienna Kar

Confederacy citizens

Racha BraltCemtIsorla CinLant DreegElvoyGrishHsuIzlyJentKwerLigahMistoffNeecahOrlaPeenePironRanietShrellWentinYellnaYent
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CIF personnel

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KashykMeegan McDonnellMeeml



Starfleet Medical personnel

Jefferson BriggsPauline FristIchebJ'OhansPierce

Catomic patients

AxumRiley Frazier
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Other Starfleet personnel

ClancyGarvin ShawUltVorikNaomi WildmanSamantha Wildman
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Leonard James AkaarAmbroseRori AustenJenny DelaneyAfsarah EdenBal ItakSakrys MaiKenneth MontgomeryOwen ParisTreadonDeanna TroiLewis Zimmerman

Other characters

AlwenBeemzCrixellEthelGreer EverettMikOzimatJulia ParisKathleen ParisMoira ParisSimnlyJohn Torres
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AlanaNanietta BaccoBorg QueenCaretakerChrimsDevilEthelLibby FletcherThe Four DeitiesGreskrendtregkMagnus HansenIsandalaGretchen JanewayPhoebe JanewayKolopakGustav MahlerMalamaiMartokMettigerDil MooreNeelixNoconaObihhax/The SourceOdalaRathamSkiriaTamaMiral TorresShirin Velth

Starships and vehicles

USS Demeter (Theophrastus-class) • CIF Fifth ShudkaCIF Fourth JrooneFrenibargUSS Galen (Galen-class) • Goldenbird (runabout) • LightcarrierManticleshuttlecraftCIF Sixteenth HaddenCIF Twelfth LamontUSS Vesta (Vesta-class) • USS Voyager (Intrepid-class)
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USS AchillesBorg supercubecolony shipUSS CurieDoomsday machineUSS Enterprise-DUSS Enterprise-E (Sovereign-class) • USS EsquilineUSS Hawking (Merian-class) • Home FreeUSS QuirinalVan CiseUSS Viminal (Vesta-class) • Voth City Ship


Alpha QuadrantCoridanDelta QuadrantEarth (CaliforniaCLCP-004CLCP-119MontecitoSan FranciscoSan Francisco waterfront) • FemraFirst World (Central Medical Service) • Gateway to the First WorldThe Great RiverLecahnOrbital Array Six-BetaSector 361, Grid 19Utopia Planitia Fleet YardsVitrum
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AldebaranArdanaArehazAzure NebulaBeta QuadrantBetazed (Pools of Warth) • BorethCaretaker's arrayDeep Space 9Delta M198 system (Ark Planet) • Deneva • Earth (Federation Council ChambersMonet RoomRome) • GrysyenIndign systemJLX-16 sectorJupiter StationKtariaMysstrenNew TalaxOmega ContinuumPlanariaRitellaSB-11989Sector 269Starbase 185transwarp hubUnimatrix Zero

Races and cultures

AurothazianBajoranBetazoidBolianBrunaliCoridaniteDevoreDjinariHuman (Caucasian) • KarlonKlingonKriosianKtarianLeodtMysstrenPlanarianSkeenTamarianTellariteTrillTureiUnnamed races and culturesVaadwaurVothVulcanWaveform (ProctorProtectorSentry)
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BorgBrenariCaeliarCapellanChildren of the StormKresariKyppranNaceneNeyserSeriareenTalaxianTarkon

States and organizations

Confederacy Interstellar FleetConfederacy Medical ServiceConfederacy of the Worlds of the First QuadrantDevore ImperiumFederation CouncilFederation Family CourtFederation Institute of HealthJudge Advocate GeneralKinaraMarket ConsortiumProject Full CircleStarfleetStarfleet AcademyStarfleet CommandStarfleet Judge Advocate GeneralStarfleet MedicalUnited Federation of PlanetsThe UnmarkedVaadwaur Supremacy
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Borg CollectiveBorg CooperativeCaeliar gestaltConsumables ExchangeFederation Research InstituteIndignMaquispressPathfinder ProjectqawHaq'hochWarriors of Gre'thor

Science and technology

access cardadrenalineagricultureairlockalternate realityaneurysmanimalantibiotic-resistant infectionantiviral-resistant infectionantigrav unitantimatterasteroidatmosphereatomauditory implantautoimmune failureautomated control armbarometerbiobedbiocidebiohazard suitbiologybiometric shieldingbioneural gel packbioscanbioscannerbloodboneBorg droneBorg implantbrain (parietal lobe) • caloriecameracargo transportercatomcatomic matterCatomic plaguecatomic tagcellular degradationcentimeterchronometercloaking devicecloaking fieldcloaking matrixcombadgecommunication buoycommunications relayscomputerConfederacy sidearmdampening fielddata bankdatabasedata paneldata screendata terminaldeflector arraydeflector shielddisruptorDNAeggEMHEMH Mark IXenergyenvironmental controlenvironmental suitepidemiologyepidermal cellevolutionary biologyevolutionfirefirmwareforce fieldgenetic manipulationgravimetric distortiongravimetric warheadhairheadacheheartheart failurehive mindHolo-emitterholodeckhologramhumanoidhyposprayimpulse engineinsulinion stormisotonIV lineLernk viruslifeformlight-yearlungmagna-scanmagnetic building blocksmattermedical tricordermemory buffermercurymetalmetermicromagnetic containment generatormicrophoneminingmodulated phase pulsemodulated shield frequencymolecular scannermonitormultiphasic shieldingmutationnanoprobeneural inhibitorneurological collapseNeyser canisterorbitorbital arraypaddphase cannonphase emitterphase pulsephaserphaser pulse cannonphoton torpedophysicsplantplasmapregnancyprojectile weaponpropulsion arrayprostheticpsionicsquantum mechanicsquantum slipstream drivequarantineradiationreceiverregenerative circuitryreplicatorsealantscannersensorsensor arraysepsisshield emittershield generatorshield resonancesoftwarespleenstarstasis chambersubatomic particlesubharmonic particulate manifold variancesubspacesubspace instabilitysubspace corridorsuction tubesurgical archtelepathytentacletetryontetryon plasmathrustertimetime machinetimelinetorpedo tubetoxic shocktransparent aluminumtransphasic torpedotransportertranswarptranswarp conduittriaxilating force fieldtricorderturbolifttype-1 phaserType 6G-alphauniversal translatoruniverseveinviewscreenviral algorithmvirusvolventwarp drivewarp factorwarp trailweather-control satellite

Ranks and titles

academic advisoradministratoradmiralambassadorarmament officerartistbotanical geneticistcadetcaptaincelebrantChancellor of the High Council of the Klingon Empirechefchief engineerchief medical officercolonelcommandercommanding officercomposerconsulcorporalcounselorcrewmancustodiandiplomatdirectordoctordonorECengineerensignfarmerfirst consulfirst officerfleet chief engineerfleet commanderflight controllergeneralhelmsmanHonored SisterhostinspectorJCJPjudgejunior officerlawyerliaisonlieutenantlieutenant commanderlieutenant junior grademajormediatormedicmedical technicianministerNeurological Specialistnurseofficeroperations officeroverseer of agriculturephilosopherphysicianpilgrimpilotPresident of the United Federation of PlanetsPresider of the Confederacy of the Worlds of the First Quadrantprinceprivateproducerprofessorranking generalRevered MotherRiggerscience officerscientistsecond officersecretarysecurity chiefsecurity officersenior officersensor operatorserverspysurgeontactical officertechnicianterroristthird officertranslatorvegetarianvice admiralxenobiologist

Other references

alpha shiftarboretumastrometricsatriumauxiliary bayaway teambaroquebatbirdbirthdaybootBorg Invasion of 2381breadbridgebriefing roombrigbulkheadcafecapital citycarafecargo baycatcenturyCeremony of WelcomingcityChallenge of the Spiritchartchurchcloakcoffeecold packcollagecolonycourt martialcrystal ballcurrencyCurse of the Godsdaggerdancedaydecadededication plaquediagnostic stationdistress calldivorceDjinari-odtdress uniformdroughtdrumeateryemotionempathyfairy taleFebruaryFederation CharterFederation DayFederation Standardfeonfertilizerfirst contactfishfloodflowerflyfowlfoxfree clinicfruitfudgefuneralgamma shiftgeerghostglassgodgoldgrainguinea piggymhelmethistoryhomeworldhonor guardhorsehospitalhot fudgehourhovelhrasshypodermic needleiceice creamice packindacinejacketJanuaryjuicekindergartenklaxonkwelllaboratorylal-shaklanguageleathlemmlibrarylivestocklokslunfismagicmapmarriagematerial ownership decreemect treemedkitmess hallmillisecondminutemirrormonkarmonthmorguemosaicmousemuseummutinymythologynapkinnonszitnutOfficer Exchange Programonionpaintpaintingpaperparrises squarespatentpersonal logpetitionpharmacyphotographpianjaypink skinpipplasticquartersranchrationready roomred alertrefresherreligionrestaurantriflerockrootrucksacksaladsaltsashsatchelsatinschoolsculpturesecondshellfishshrapnelshrimpshuttlebaysickbaysofasoilThe Song of the Golden BirdsoupspiceStarfleet uniformstewstitchessuicidetargteaTemporal Prime DirectivetentThulian pinkTimmy and the Targtopographytoweltransporter roomtransporter stationtreeuniformvasevegetablewaterweddingwheelwhipwildflowerwolfwoodyearyellow alertyintyoga mat

Tamarian language references



Related media

Star Trek: Voyager novels set after the television series
HomecomingThe Farther ShoreSpirit Walk (Old WoundsEnemy of My Enemy) • Full CircleUnworthyChildren of the StormThe Eternal TideProtectorsActs of ContritionAtonementA Pocket Full of LiesArchitects of InfinityTo Lose the Earth


  • The German translation of the novel, Erbsünde, was released by Cross Cult in 2016. It was translated by René Ulmer and featured new cover art by Martin Frei that features Manticle, the refit Voyager and Reginald Barclay.
  • The character Nocona is misspelled "Nacona".
  • Axum's and Mattings's species were first named in this novel.
  • Chakotay's father Kolopak is mispelled "Kolopek".
  • Acts of Contrition is the second novel in a trilogy of Voyager novels celebrating the 20th anniversary of the series.




The novel runs from January through February 2382, the eighth to ninth month of the Project Full Circle Fleet's 3-year mission in the Delta Quadrant. It begins four years after the final Star Trek: Voyager episode, "Endgame".

published order
Previous novel:
Voyager novels
Next novel:
Previous novel:
Novels by:
Kirsten Beyer
Next novel:
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
chapters 26-27, epilogue
Memory Beta Chronology Next Adventure:
Watching the Clock
chapters 12 page 284-290
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in January 2382.
The Pocket Books Timeline places events from this story in one other timeframe:
Previous Adventure:
Watching the Clock
chapters 17,19,20,22-24
February 2382 Next Adventure:
prologue, chapters 1-12

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