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An alien scientist asks to join Captain Kathryn Janeway and her crew in the investigation of an unprecedented scientific find. Soon USS Voyager is embroiled in a battle of wills among several alien races—each intent on manipulating the discovery toward its own end and decimating whole worlds in the process.
Janeway must stop a quest for knowledge from turning into a plot for destruction!



ChakotayThe DoctorFedrKathryn JanewayJanssHarry KimMaalotNeelixTom ParisQaadQadosQavimQuboSeven of NineB'Elanna TorresTuvokTyla

Starships and vehicles[]

FalconfrigateGravityInvincibleUSS Voyagerwarshipyacht


Delta Quadrantthe galaxyshuttlebay
Referenced only 
Congress HallRome

Races and cultures[]


States and organizations[]

Lekk Deep Space ForceQavok EmpireQavok Space ForcesQborneStarfleetUnited Federation of Planets
Referenced only 
Borg Collective

Science and technology[]

atombinary starcentimeterelectronG-type starneutronneutron starplasmaprotonpulsarreplicatorsensorshieldsupernovatractor beamwarp corewhite dwarf star

Ranks and titles[]

admiralcaptaindoctorEmperor of the Qavok Empireensignexecutive officerFirst Citizenlieutenantprofessorscientist

Other references[]

asteroidcoffeegoldplanetPrime Directive



  • The novel makes frequent reference to "the new shuttle", that was a particular project for Tom Paris. This is most likely intended to be a reference to the Delta Flyer, introduced to Voyager a few months before this book was published, with the novel written before specific details about the new ship were known.
  • Two separate English editions exist of this novel. One uses a cover image with an illustration of Tuvok and Kathryn Janeway (this may just be a solicitation cover that was used, since, as of April 2020, no known editions have been found in the wild), while the other has the characters removed and just shows USS Voyager and a planet. Foreign translations used the version without the characters.
  • Though only Eric Kotani is credited on the cover, the title page credits "Eric Kotani with Dean Wesley Smith."



published order
Previous novel:
Seven of Nine
Voyager numbered novels Next novel:
Battle Lines
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Extreme Risk
Pocket Next Adventure:
Treachery, Faith, and the Great River
Previous Adventure:
Extreme Risk
Journey of the USS Voyager Next Adventure:
In the Flesh

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