From the back cover: A routine diplomatic mission to the water-world Akkalla becomes a nightmarish search for a missing Spock and Chekov, a search that plunges Admiral Kirk headlong into a corrupt government's desperate struggle to retain power.

For both a Federation Science outpost and Akkalla's valiant freedom fighters have begun uncovering the ancient secrets hidden beneath her tranquil oceans. Secrets whose exposure may mean civil war for the people of Akkalla - and death for the crew of the Starship Enterprise.



Pavel ChekovJames T. KirkSeena MaybriLeonard McCoyCynthia McPhillipsNaw-RockiEnzo PirettiMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota Uhura
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Sahji MaybriReilly

Starships and vehicles

CousteauUSS Enterprise


AkkallaStarbase 18
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ErithiaMars BaseRannica IIISector R-973Shoratoa IVSpyrion VIIVestraVestra V

Races and cultures

AkkallanChorymiErithianHuman (ItalianRoman) • RannicanVulcanWwafida

States and organizations

CollegiumContinental SynodFederation Science CouncilGrolian GuardStarfleetStarfleet AcademyStarfleet CommandUnited Federation of Planets

Ranks and titles

admiralchief engineercommandercommunications officerdoctoremperorhelmsmanlieutenantlieutenant commandermagisteroverlordpublicanscience officer

Science and technology

searchlightshuttlestarshipsubspacetransporterturboliftwarp speed

Other references

bridgecaptain's logcargo deckchocolatedragonEnglish languagegovernmentItalian languagemastigobservation deckpuppystardateStarfleet uniform (2278-2350s)



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Chain of Attack
TOS numbered novels Next novel:
Dreams of the Raven
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Previous Adventure:
The Name of the Cat
Pocket Next Adventure:
The Captain's Daughter (Chapters 15-17)
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