- 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!
- Chakotay • The Doctor • Fedr • Kathryn Janeway • Janss • Harry Kim • Maalot • Neelix • Tom Paris • Qaad • Qados • Qavim • Qubo • Seven of Nine • B'Elanna Torres • Tuvok • Tyla
Starships and vehicles
- Referenced only
- Congress Hall • Rome
Races and cultures
States and organizations
- Lekk Deep Space Force • Qavok Empire • Qavok Space Forces • Qborne • Starfleet • United Federation of Planets
- Referenced only
- Borg Collective
Science and technology
- atom • binary star • centimeter • electron • G-type star • neutron • neutron star • plasma • proton • pulsar • replicator • sensor • shield • supernova • tractor beam • warp core • white dwarf star
Ranks and titles
- admiral • captain • doctor • Emperor of the Qavok Empire • ensign • executive officer • First Citizen • lieutenant • professor • scientist
- 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."
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