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5 October 2140. After a half-dozen years of research and testing, Starfleet prepares to launch its first warp 5 vessel -- Daedalus. Propelled by a radical new engine designed by Earth's most brilliant warp field theorist, Victor Brodesser, the new ship will at last put the stars within mankind's reach.
But on the eve of her maiden voyage, a maintenance engineer, Ensign Charles Tucker III -- "Trip" to his friends -- discovers a flaw in Daedalus 's design. When he confronts Brodesser, the scientist -- as charismatic as he is brilliant -- eases Trip's concerns. The ship launches on schedule, and as Trip watches in horror, it explodes in a catastrophic ion-cascade reaction, killing all aboard.
Thirteen years pass. Still haunted by memories of that disaster, Trip now serves as chief engineer aboard Enterprise. When a freak explosion cripples his vessel, leaving her helpless before a surprise attack, Trip is forced to abandon his ship -- and his shipmates. As he is on the verge of mounting a desperate rescue attempt, however, a shocking turn of events forces him to confront the ghosts of Daedalus one final time.

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Enterprise personnel

Jonathan ArcherDuelTravis MayweatherDonna O'NeillPhloxMalcolm ReedK.P. RyanHoshi SatoT'PolCharles Tucker III
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Daedalus crew

Victor Brodesser
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AckerBrigidaJ. G. CooneyCoxD'LayMonique DuvallJerrodWesterbergSteve Yermish


Ella'jarenFaneFerik ReeveKairnLind UsdanN'RolOrnellRoyceSadir LyattStannisTrant NeesaVonn
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DirschDower SangElsonMakandros

Other characters

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Henry ArcherAlicia BrodesserOlivia BrodesserSanta ClausZephram CochraneDuvallKaitannaA.G. RobinsonLeeman SadirSandersonCharles Tucker IIElaine Tucker

Starships and vehicles

Eclipse (mining ship) • Enterprise (NX-01) • (NX-class) • Irgun (courier) • Lessander (courier) • Shuttlepod 1Strand (courier) • T'Pol (Suliban cell ship)
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asteroid beltCole 128 systemDenari (KreshNew Irla) • K'Pellis ClusterKota system (Kota Base) • minefieldThe RibbonVox 4
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Andromeda GalaxyBurkheltDeimosDetention Complex 26Earth (AfricaNew York CityWalters County) • MarsRisaVox PrimeWarp Five Complex

Races and cultures

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States and organizations

Denari Miners GuildUnited Earth Starfleet
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Daedalus ProjectDenari PresidiumFirst Expeditionary ForceNX ProgramSuliban Cabal

Ranks and titles

architectarmory officercaptainchiefchief engineerchief medical officercolonelcommandercommunications officercouncilorcrewmandictatordoctorengineerengineer second classengineering studentensigngeneralguardguildsmaninvestigatorlieutenantmaintenance engineermarshalmineroperations managerpilotprincessprisonerprofessorqueenrefugeescientistsoldiersubcommanderteachertheoretical physicistvice-marshal

Science and technology

air circulationairlockalgorithmallergyartificial gravityasteroidbeardblack-box analysisblack holebloodblood-chemistry • brain (cerebral cortex) • calciumcascade reactioncascading ion drivecascading protocolchemistrychronometercloaking devicecoding algorithmcomacommunications antennacommunications arraycommunicatorcomputercomputer codeconduitcontainment suitcraniumdatabasedecoding machinedecontamination raydepressantdestination matrixdeuteriumdiagnostic spannerdicodnineduranium patchearpieceelectron microscopeEM probeemailenvironmental suitepinephrinefrequencyfusion reactorgrapplergravitational anomalygravitic minegravitygun turrethallucinogenhand scannerheadlampheartimmune systemintermix chamberionion driveionizing radiationironK'uda luminosity spectrumKelvinknockout pelletlaser gunlaser pistolLCD screenLED displaymagnetic containment fieldmatter-antimatter streammemory buffermemory chipmeterminefieldnebulaorbital platformoxygenoxygen maskparallel universeparticle generatorphase pistolproteinpulse-cannonpulse weaponradarrelaysatellitescurvysedativesensorsensor arraysereus mantashieldskinskullsmallpoxspace-time continuumspannerspatial torpedostereoisomerstimulantstomachsubspace nodesuper stringthrustertransmittertritiumuniversal translatorvitaminwarp drivewarp factorwarp fieldwarp five engineX-ray

Other references

213921st centuryaccess codeassassinationbackpackBattle of Vox Primebeaglebookbootbriefing roombulkheadcaffeinecakecargo baycarpetcartcatheterchesscoffeecogenitorcollegeconcreteconstruction dockcotcoverallcrowndetention facilityDevil's Peakdistress calldogengineeringequipment beltfairfolderfoodfossumgnathaute cuisinehelmetholding cellhospital gowninterrogationladderlaundrylockermedical chartmedical wardmenuoreparkapeace conferencephlegmphotographpisarkoprisonprisoner manifestradio silencerationreception protocolrockroller coastersandsaunaseelashoeThe Song of El CidsteakstrawTemporal Cold WarthermostortureTwistervomitwarwater packwheelchairwhirlpoolworkstation


Related media


The story continues in the novel Daedalus's Children, also by Dave Stern.


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 )


Takes place just prior to Captain Archer's capture by Skalaar on 21 March 2153.

published order
Previous novel:
Surak's Soul
Enterprise novels Next novel:
Daedalus's Children
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
First Flight
Pocket Next Adventure:
Daedalus's Children
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2153.
The Pocket Books Timeline places events from this story in one other timeframe:
Previous Adventure:
2139 and 2140 Next Adventure:
Egg Drop Soup

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