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Cadet Beverly must race to save a friend!Loyalties is a young adult novel, the 10th installment of the Starfleet Academy series of The Next Generation books. This story was authored by Patricia Barnes-Svarney and was released in April 1996.


Before she became an officer aboard the USS Enterprise
Beverly Howard is in big trouble at the Academy. They've just begun their first year as Starfleet medical cadets, and already Beverly and her roommate Claire Voy are one step from probation. Commander Max Wiley, who teaches the holodeck simulation course in medical emergencies, caught them skipping class to visit an excavation in nearby San Francisco. He took them to the admiral's office and has put them on notice. One more slip and they're out!
When Claire's partner in her medical emergencies class is injured, Commander Wiley blames Claire for the accident. But was it an accident? It is the commander's word against Claire's. Wiley has no reason to lie—or does he? Beverly's own investigation takes her from the computer labs to the admiral's office. Now Claire's future hangs in the balance unless Beverly and Data can find a way to clear her—without being expelled themselves!


Beverly Howard is convinced by her friend and roommate Claire Voy to play truant in order to visit an archeological dig excavating a hospital nearby. However, they are caught by their superior Commander Wiley and given a warning.

Next day, during a simulation, Beverly receives a minor shock while using a holographic tricorder. Wiley ignores her however and continues with the simulations. When Claire uses a tricorder to examine fellow cadet Peter Peterson, it gives him a severe electric shock. Wiley is convinced Claire made a mistake, while he himself is investigated for failing to properly supervise.

Beverly and Claire end up on probation after they and a group of fellow cadets try to steal the simulation tape. With help from Cadet Data, Beverly works out that someone introduced a computer virus into the simulation. The culprit is Wiley's assistant, Stephen Cody, who has a grudge against Wiley for refusing his sister admittance and wanted to get him into trouble. Claire decides to leave Starfleet Medical anyway and train as a doctor elsewhere.

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Beverly's first Academy year.



The cover depicts Beverly and Data wearing Starfleet cadet uniforms of the sort worn during the 2360s uniform design, even though canon depictions of this same time period in TNG episode: "Yesterday's Enterprise" illustrate the 2270s uniform design still being in use at this point.


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