Summary Edit

From the back cover: When Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise receive news of a human planet hidden in the center of an immense stellar cloud, they immediately investigate.

Penetrating the cloud, the Starship crew is shocked to discover a world of knights and serfs lifted right out of Earth's Middle Ages. Ruthlessly exploiting the planet is a ring of interstellar trophy hunters preying on the immense, native dragon-lizards, twenty-feet tall and armored like tanks.

Beaming down, an away team soon becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue and murder. Taken prisoner, Picard, Riker, Data, and Ro must somehow escape and stop the hunters or face destruction from the hunters' ancient weapon, based on an advanced technology capable of utterly annihilating the Starship Enterprise....



Reginald BarclayBeverly CrusherDataGraebelHaganHinnerMichael KirschGeordi La ForgeJenny ManciniMartinaMilesCastor NayfackKeiko O'BrienMiles O'BrienJean-Luc PicardRandolphWilliam RikerRo LarenAlexander RozhenkoSigfridSmolinskeDeanna TroiVan PoperingVolkerWorf
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BinderIrwin AllenRoger CormanWilliam Shakespeare

Starships and vehiclesEdit

Damascus-class (Earth pleasure cruiser) • USS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class)


Diesenthe galaxy
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Races and culturesEdit

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States and organizationsEdit

Bureau of ConservationStarfleetUnited Federation of Planets
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Preserver Union

Science and classificationEdit

airlockbeta tachyonBlack Deathbubonic plagueduraluminumminutenebulastarsubspacetachyon emission fieldtime

Ranks and titlesEdit

agentarchaeologistcaptainchief engineercounselordukeknightofficerpoachersecond officersecurity guardsecurity officerserf

Other referencesEdit

Aldebaran sand eelAndorian glitterlingsangelbelfryBiblebloodbatdaydragonempathyGermangorillaIndiana JonesKing ArthurMacbethmapMiddle Agesmoneymotion picturenightclawplanetPreserver languagePrime Directivesciencetagaak milktechnologyuniformwaryear

External linkEdit

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Previous novel:
Guises of the Mind
TNG numbered novels Next novel:
Sins of Commission
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Pocket Next Adventure:
Future Shock
2nd and 3rd entries

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