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To protect the cargo ships essential to the continuing existence of the fledgling Coalition of Planets, the captains of the United Earth's Starfleet are ordered to interstellar picket duty, with little more to do than ask "Who goes there?" into the darkness of space.
Captain Jonathan Archer of the Enterprise™ seethes with frustration, wondering if anyone else can see what he sees. A secret, closed, militaristic society, convinced that their survival hangs by a thread, who view their neighbors as a threat to their very existence -- the Spartans of ancient Greece, the Russians of the old Soviet Union, the Koreans under Kim Il-Sung -- with only one goal: attain ultimate power, no matter the cost. The little-known, never-seen Romulans seem to live by these same principles.
The captain realizes that the bond between the signers of the Coalition charter is fragile and likely to snap if pushed. But he knows that the Romulans are hostile, and he believes they are the force behind the cargo ship attacks. If asked, Archer can offer no proof without endangering his friend's life.
To whom does he owe his loyalty: his friend, his world, the Coalition? And by choosing one, does he not risk losing all of them? What is the solution to a no-win scenario?


Attacks on Coalition shipping have left Enterprise and Columbia on patrol duty, despite Archer's warnings that the Romulans are involved. Both ships defend Draylax, a world allied to Earth, from an attack by Klingon ships, which ends when three more Klingon ships arrive to destroy the attackers.

Meanwhile, Tucker is still on Romulus, posing as Cunaehr. An attack on the lab by the Ejhoi Ormiin (who are secretly working with Nijil) leaves Ehrehin dead. Despite suspecting him of being a Vulcan spy, Valdore sends Tucker with Centurion Terix to try and retrieve any information the dissidents may have gathered about the warp seven program.

The pair track the Ejhoi Ormiin to Taugus only to run foul of Sopek. Tucker is rescued by T'Pol and Reed, who followed him into Vulcan space without permission after T'Pol received visions of him in danger. However, he refuses to return with them and instead heads for Romulus.

Archer travels to the Klingon Homeworld to investigate the attack. After defeating Admiral Krell in a duel, he is entrusted with the information that the Romulans used a telecapture device to remotely gain control of the Klingon ships that launched the attack. Thanks to a recording covertly made by Phlox, the Coalition Council accept the evidence.

More remotely-controlled Klingon ships attack the Horizon, Travis' family's ship, sending it on a course into a sun. Attacks on Alpha Centauri and Calder II are carried out by Vulcan ships, similarly controlled. Columbia defends Alpha Centauri with the aid of the Vulcans but is reported missing in the aftermath.

Tucker is nearly back at Romulus when he is captured by a Romulan ship commanded by Sopek, who is operating the tele-capture device for Valdore. The freighter Kobayashi Maru is disabled by a gravitic mine in the Gamma Hydra system while delivering supplies to a secret Vulcan listening post in Tezel-Oroko. Enterprise answers their distress call but Tucker realizes Sopek plans to use the tele-capture device on it and sends a warning. He then scuttles the ship and sets it to self-destruct, fleeing in an escape pod with an unconscious Sopek. With more tele-controlled Klingon ships attacking and systems beginning to shut down under the tele-capture, Archer chooses to take Enterprise out of the system and the Kobayashi Maru is destroyed.

With tensions at breaking point, Samuels advises the members of the Coalition to consult their own military on further action. Shortly after, Archer informs his crew that they are at war.

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Enterprise personnel

Jonathan ArcherBougieMike BurchMatthew KellyKoMalvoyTravis MayweatherMack McCallJ. Fiona McKenzieNguyenO'MalleyDonna O'NeillPhloxPorthosPrinceMalcolm ReedR. RyanHoshi SatoT'Pol
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Columbia personnel

Reiko AkagiKalil el-RashadVeronica FletcherKarl GraylockErika HernandezKiona ThayerSidra Valerian
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BiggsStephen FoyleRussell HexterJohanna MetzgerDaria PierceStewart RiversStrongCharles Zeilfelder

ECS Horizon personnel

Juan MarquezPaul Mayweather Jr.Rianna MayweatherNora MelchiorCharlie Nichols

ECS Kobayashi Maru personnel

Jacqueline SearlesOrana ShubéSimonsonArturo StilesKojiro Vance

Starfleet, MACO and Section 31 personnel

Gregory BlackGeorge CaseySamuel GardnerEric StillwellCharles Tucker III (Cunaehr it'Ra'tleihfi tr'Mandak)
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ClarkRafael DouglasMatthew HarrisPalmieriTinh Hoc Phuong (Terha) • Esther Stiles


Haroun al-RashidGannet BrooksJie Cong LiNash McEvoyKeisha NaquaseMiguel SalazarNathan SamuelsAlbert TuckerCharles Tucker IIElaine Tucker
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Gracie AllenHenry ArcherHieronymus BoschZefram CochraneCharles DickensFranz FerdinandFred HoyleJaliyePaul Mayweather Sr.John Frederick PaxtonOwen Salazar-TuckerElizabeth TuckerOrville WrightWilbur Wright


Dekk'venKolosKon'JefKori'ndKrellM'RekNah'tanNevahkQapeghQradRa'wI' QeqYa'Vang
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Duras, son of ToralHojlachKahless the UnforgettableKlaangVesh'tk


Ehrehin i'Ramnau tr'AvrakDagarthNijilSwebaT'LuadhT'VakT'VorasTerixValdore
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D'deridexFrenchotteCunaehr it'Ra'tleihfi tr'MandakT'LeikhaVrax


DenakKuvakL'NelSolkarSopek (Ch'uihv) • SovalT'PauYch'a
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Other characters

Gora bim GralAvaranthi sh'RothressAnlenthoris ch'VhendreniGrethe Zhor
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AllahDorothy GaleGodGrom'stlHephaestusLazarusMorpheusOld ScratchSisyphusElizabeth T'Les TuckerHravishran th'Zoarhi

Starships and vehicles[]

escape pod
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airplaneBarge of the Deadgarbage scowrowboatRMS TitanictugXindi superweapon

Coalition of Planets

Columbia (NX-02) (NX-class) • D'Kyr-classEnterprise (NX-01) (NX-class) • ECS HorizonECS Kobayashi Maru (Hasparath-class) • Sh'Raan-classShuttlepod 1Shuttlepod 2
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USS Archon (Daedalus-class) • Challenger (NX-03) (NX-class) • USS Essex (Daedalus-class) • Ni'Var

Klingon Defense Force

D5-classIKS Kaj'DeelIKS Mup'chIchIKS SIm'yoHIKS Veqlargh Jajlo' (D'Vagh-class)
Referenced only

Romulan Star Empire

Romulan bird-of-preyDrolae (scoutship) • ChR Nel Trenco
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T'Liss-class (Telepresence drone ship)


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ErebusSan Francisco Fleet YardsSataghni II fuel depot (Sataghni) • Sto-Vo-Kor


Alpha Centauri sectorAlpha Centauri systemAltairAvrrhinulBeta QuadrantDraylax systemEisn systemGamma Equulei systemGamma Hydra sectorIsneih systemKlingon-Romulan borderMilky Way GalaxySei Paehhos’aehallh sectorSei'chi systemSigma Iotia systemSuD'eng NebulaTaugus systemTezel-Oroko system (listening post)
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40 Eridani A61 CygniAndromeda GalaxyCalder sectorCalder systemDenobula TriaxaDevoras systemGamma Hydra systemGamma Virginis systemKlingon Neutral ZonePraxis StationProcyonPsi OctanisRator systemRomulan Neutral ZoneTau Ceti system

Planets, moons, and planetoids

Altair VICalder II (Calder II outpost) • Centauri IIICheronDraylaxEarthKuiper beltQo'noSRemusRomulusSigma Iotia IITaugus III
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Adigeon PrimeAlpha FornacisAltair IVAndoriaasteroidCentauri IIICoridan PrimeDenevaMarsNarendra IIIPorrima VPraxisQu'Vat colonyRator IIRigel XRisaRomiiRura PentheSaithTalvath colonyTau Ceti IVTellarThhaeiTrilanTritonUnroth IIIVulcanYeq


Altair VI (Darro-Miller settlement) • Earth (Alabama (GrangeburgMontgomery) • San Francisco (Madame Chang's Mandarin CaféStarfleet Headquarters) • Vulcan Consulate) • Qo'noS (Qam-Chee (Great Hall) • Romulus (Apnex SeaDartha (Government QuarterHall of State) • Vulcan (Shi'Kahr)
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Centauri III (New Samarkand) • Earth (AlaskaAustraliaBosniaCandlestick AuditoriumCaribbean Sea • Chicago, Chicago RiverFloridaIsraelKansasNew ZealandPalestine) • Luna (New Berlin) • P'Jem • Tau Ceti IV (Amber) • Vulcan (T'Karath SanctuaryVulcan's Forge)

Races and cultures[]

AndorianDenobulanDraylaxianHuman (ArabicAsianAustrianBritishEnglishJapaneseScottishSyrianTerran) • Klingon (QuchHa') • RomulanTellariteVulcan
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AdigeonAenarBreenCheronianFri'slen • Human (BalkanHunMartianSwiss) • IotianNausicaanOrionPorrimanXindi

States and organizations[]

Andorian EmpireCoalition of Planets (Coalition of Planets Security Council) • Confederacy of VulcanEarth Cargo ServiceEjhoi OrmiinGreat HouseKlingon Defense ForceKlingon EmpireKlingon High CouncilMilitary Assault Command OrganizationNewstimeport authoritypress corpsRomulan 5th LegionRomulan Star EmpireStarfleet CommandTal ShiarUnited EarthUnited Earth Space Probe AgencyUnited Earth StarfleetUnited Planets of TellarVulcan Defense ForceVulcan High AssemblyVulcan High CommandVulcan Security Directorate
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Andorian Imperial GuardDraylaxian Defense FleetEagle scoutEarth Cargo Service CentralKlingon High CommandParliament of United EarthStarfleet AcademyStarfleet IntelligenceSyrranniteTerra PrimeUniversity of Oxford

Ranks and titles[]

adjutantadministratoradmiraladvocateagentambassadorarchaeologistassistantbankerbartenderbekkbusboycaptaincenturionChancellor of the High Council of the Klingon Empirechief engineerchief medical officerchief physicianchief technologistclerkcommandercommunications officercorporaldecuriondiplomatdoctordouble agenteditorengineerengineer’s mateensignFirst Consul of the Romulan Star Empirefirst officerfleet admiralflight engineerForeign Minister of the Andorian EmpireForeign Minister of the Confederacy of Vulcangangstergeneralgeneticistgunnergunnery officergeneralHoDInterior Minister of United Earthlaborerlieutenantlieutenant commandermagistratemajormerchantmidshipmanminerministerphysicianpirateplastic surgeonPraetor of the Romulan Star EmpirePrime Minister of United Earthprisoner of warprofessorquarterbackreceptionistreporterscience officersecond officersergeantSergeant at Arms of the Coalition Councilsenatorshop keepersoldierspecialistspystellar cartographersubcommandersublieutenanttactical officertechniciantechnologisttelegraph operatorterroristuhlanVulcan First Ministerwarriorwatch officerxenoanthropologist

Science and technology[]

actuatoradrenalineaelhih’druusmnairlockallergyAltairian quickstepannular confinement circuitantibodiesantidiarrhealantimatter flow regulatorantimicrobial cleansing unitantiparticle fluxArrenhe'hwiuaartificial gravityasphyxiationasteroidatmosphere (ionospheremesosphere) • AUavaihh lli vastamaxisbloodblood cellblood transfusionbone conduction microphonebone marrowBussard collectorcalculusCelsiuscloaking deviceclonecombat pressure suitcomlinkcommunicationscranial implantdata chipdata moduledatanetdatapaddilithium matrix wave-guidedisinfectantDNADoppler effectelectromagnetic pulseEM-band luminal-speed radioEM radioEM spectrumenergizerenvironmental suitfiber-enhancerfilm projectorflux capacitorfrequencygas giant protostargrapplergraviton fluxgravity wellhand beaconhand scannerHaphemoglobinholocamhydrospannerinertial damperintermix chamberjamming signalkilometerkolemlife-supportliverlog buoyluminal filterlungmah'drihmedical scannermelakolmeteormicrometeoroidminingmining lasermucus membranenavigation beamnavigation sensor modulenavigation systemnavigational beaconnavigational deflectorneurotheraputic slingneutronic fuelocular implantpaddparasiteparsecphotosphereplasmaplutonium fuel rodpolarized hull platingprotein fuserqelI'qamQu'Vat virusquarkretrovirusribRomulan data modulerughsanitizersanitizing sprayersensorsensor arraysensor ghoststeam enginestem boltstructural integritysublightsubroutinesubspace arraysubspace communicationssubspace relay stationsubspace scramblersubspace transceiversubspace transmittersubspace wakesulfatriptansurveillance dronetectonicstelepathytelecapture systemtelepresencetelepresence unittext-scanning-translation devicethrustertranslation matrixtransparent aluminumtransportertrelliumuniversal translatorwarp bubblewarp corewarp core breachwarp drivewarp factorwarp five enginewarp fieldwarp field theorywarp nacellexenoanthropology

Materials and substances

anthraciteantigravitonantimatterbaakonitecarbon dioxidedelta radiationdeuteriumdilithiumduraniumgravitonmorphineorganic polymerpaesin’aehhrrpergiumsulfurthermoconcrete


bat'lethd'k tahgdead-man switchdisruptorExcaliburgravitic mineguillotinehonor bladeknifephase cannonphase pistolphase riflephotonic torpedoquarterstaffswordtricheqUshaan-Tor

Plants and animals

antavianbearbregitCape buffalocatdogelephantflyfroggaghgoosegrekekla treekekla-gnatle-matyamogainei'rrhparrotqa'Homqoghrattlesnakescorpionsehlatset'lethshellfishsnaketargtoQ vultureUnderlierviper

Other references[]

animaur'olhaoautographbaseballbeachheadbierbIHnuchblackmailblanketblood oathbookbootlegbuccaneer-style bootsbulkheadcarnivorecelluloidCeremony of RespectCharge of the Light BrigadechessChicago Mobs of the TwentiesA Christmas CarolclipboardcloakCoalition Compactcoffeemakercommendationcourt martialdemocracydiplomacydiscommendationdistress callDoghjeyduct tapeduty shiftearplugsehrie'urhillhEnglish languageEnglish literatureenriovevasive maneuverseye patcheyeglassesfilibusterfire extinguisherfireworksfiring squadflight harnessfogfootballfuneralgardengharghGordian knotgraniteGreek mythologyGruyère cheeseHa'DIbaHhook handhotelHutIDICIndustrial Agejegh'puwI'jolan'trujudokatraKhnai'ru rhissiuyKish'altriqKolinahrlaunch baylloann'mhrahelMarquess of Queensberry RulesmeditationmicroscalpelmirrorMissouri Compromisemonkey wrenchMorse codemovieMovie Nightmu'qaDmutual defense pactNiagara Barrel Rollnight lightno-win situationOuija boardpaintingpaperparadepeg legpetaQpinballping pongpiracypon farrpressuredomepropagandarecord playerRite of Ascensionrock climbingroller coasterRomulan languageRomulan travel robeSajSam Browne beltThe Scorpion and the Frogsedmahself-destructsherawoodsilent runningslaveryspace boomerSochStarfleet CharterStarfleet General Orders and RegulationsstatuestylusSuus MahnataHqeqtelegraph keythaessuThird AnalectstibulectlhIngan HoltoolkittoothpastetrayatikUshaanV'Shanvinyl recordvItHay'waist sashwalletwelding maskWhiskey Tango FoxtrotThe Wizard of OzWorld War Ixenophobia

Foods and drinks

Altair watercakecaralluncoffeeGruyére cheesekheh’irhomochaorangeorange juiceRomulan alerumSkagaran Lone Star TequilastrawberrysundaeT’Rukh spiced tea teatequilavanillawaffle

Events and eras

213521432153215420th centuryBattle of Alpha CentauriCoridan disasterCoridanite Civil WardierhaDISeisaeFourth of JulyfvheisnInvasion of Calder IIK'ri'BraxkhaidoakilaanKobayashi Maru Incidentliore-eisaelupSaint Patrick's DaysiureVulcan calendarWorld War IXindi crisisYear of Kahless


Related media[]

Star Trek: Enterprise prose publications
Novelizations Broken BowShockwaveThe Expanse
Original novels set during the series By the BookWhat Price Honor?Surak's SoulDaedalusDaedalus's ChildrenLast Full MeasureRosetta
set after the series The Good That Men DoKobayashi MaruThe Romulan War (Beneath the Raptor's WingTo Brave the Storm) • Rise of the Federation (A Choice of FuturesTower of BabelUncertain LogicLive by the CodePatterns of Interference )


EnterpriseKM l

Teaser cover

  • Andy Mangels released a teaser cover on his website prior to the official art's release. The alien text featured is apparently a cryptogram in Romulan characters.




published order
Previous novel:
The Good That Men Do
ENT novels Next novel:
Beneath the Raptor's Wing
Previous story:
Excelsior: Forged in Fire
Stories by:
Michael A. Martin
Next story:
The Romulan War
Previous story:
Excelsior: Forged in Fire
Stories by:
Andy Mangels
Next story:
chronological order
Previous adventure:
The Good That Men Do
Chapters 1-6; 8-12; 14-44; 46-52
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
The Sundered
Chapter 13
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2155.
The Pocket Books Timeline and Memory Beta Chronology place events from this story in 1 other timeframe(s):
Previous adventure:
Chapter 3
Next adventure:
The Forge
German : Kobayashi Maru, translated by Bernd Perplies. (Cross Cult)

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