Summary Edit

From the back cover: When a Vulcan space probe reports that the Ferengi are advancing the people of the planet Megara from a primitive agricultural state to a sophisticated technological society, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the Starship Enterprise are ordered to transport an unlikely passenger to the system, a ruthless twentieth-century businessman who is now a Federation ambassador.

The Ferengi have been changing Megaran culture, turning a hard working and honorable people into vicious xenophobic killers. But the Ferengi are only hired hands. They have hidden masters, with plans to use the Megaran people as a powerful weapon against the Federation.

Now Picard must find a way to use the talents of this new ambassador to free the Megarans. But the ambassador is hiding a deadly secret of his own — a secret that could unleash an unstoppable destructive force on the Federation.



Kardel AnitBrozBwolstChudakWesley CrusherDataDe ShayDurokGakorGatynGlupetHrakinMolokanAnna NovotnyRalph OffenhouseOdovil PardiPar'mit'konJean-Luc PicardAlexander RozhenkoShrevSinghSomekTaygarDeanna TroiUbinewVerdenWorfZhen
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Marcus AureliusNapoléon BonaparteCiceroGarth of IzarPhillip GreenJames T. KirkKlartenPeter Linde OffenhouseChristopher PikeTheodore RooseveltKhan Noonien SinghHikaru SuluSumashTebok


329 AurigaeMegaraMetari LeegPerseus sectorStarbase 144Weber 512
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ChadJapanRussiaStarbase 718Yemen

Starships and vehiclesEdit

FMS Dividend (D'Kora-class) • USS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class) • CDS Fatal Arrow (Liburnian-class)
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USS Enterprise (CVN-65)

Races and culturesEdit

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States and organizationsEdit

StarfleetUnited Federation of PlanetsVulcan Academy of Science
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Great KhanateHive Zss'zhz

Science and technologyEdit

alienantennaantigrav bootanti-intoxicantblack eyebrainClass J gas giantcryonic suspensioneggholodecklampmutantneutrinoprobesleepwalkerspacetime

Ranks and titlesEdit

admiraladvisorambassadorbusinessmancaptaindevelopmental analystensignofficer

Other referencesEdit

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  • Ralph Offenhouse first appeared in "The Neutral Zone".
  • The Ferengi home world is called "Ferengal" in this novel, and is characterized as having a thin atmosphere (explaining the large Ferengi ear). Later canon would verify the name "Ferenginar," and a climate of heavy rain and swampy land conditions.

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