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Sisko is reunited with several of the other survivors of the Saratoga, although one of them has a deadly plan in motion that is linked with a mission of the ship. Meanwhile, Odo must pose as Quark to help a Bajoran city.

Publisher's description

When the Borg destroyed the U.S.S. Saratoga at Wolf 359, killing Captain Sisko's beloved wife, one chapter in his life came to a tragic end. Now painful memories are reawakened when the U.S.S. Defiant carries the survivors of the Saratoga to an important Starfleet ceremony. But Sisko's bittersweet reunion with his old crewmates is cut short when an unexpected malfunction threatens the Defiant as well as the lives of everyone aboard. Even worse, evidence suggests that the accident was caused by deliberate sabotage.

Has one of Sisko's oldest friends betrayed them all? Sisko and Dax must uncover the truth before death claims the survivors of the Saratoga.




Constance BarnesJulian BashirJadzia DaxTanya FederovnaZina ForrestGraalIshimakiFel JangorKira NerysMara KleinNikolas KypriosMiriam LafferLeskanicEsteban LopezNogMiles O'BrienOdoPernon ObahrQuarkRomBenjamin SiskoJake SiskoSoderholmAidan ThornVincenzoZarunnamed Lu'ufan
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Curzon DaxDivokGauriMarta GrindbergInartha DorIshkaK'EhleyrKrechmaMcCallMoxonNigelNorslatKeiko O'BrienMolly O'BrienPardeeTarl PossetPluboiGregory QuinnSarosAinad SecoriShakaar EdonJoe SimkoSimoraJennifer SiskoTarleggiaKasidy YatesZek


BajorDeep Space 9InfirmaryKarvisMarsOperations centerPromenadeQuark'sTeejan RiverUtopia Planitia Fleet Yards
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AlaskaBeta JalonisButera VDanula IIDucrain ProvinceEarthGamma QuadrantGreeceGuldammur IVMariphasa IVMuuldax PrimeRisaRomulan Neutral ZoneScintaaviThetalian PrimeWolf 359

Starships and vehicles

USS Agamemnon (Apollo-class) • USS Defiant (Defiant-class) • USS Endeavour (Nebula-class) • Retizian trading shipUSS Saratoga-A (Miranda-class) • USS Zapata (Surak-class)
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Borg cubeUSS CharlestonUSS Crazy HorseUSS Enterprise-Descape podUSS GorkonUSS LaSalleUSS SaratogaUSS VictoryUSS Wellington

Races and cultures

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BenziteBorgBreenCardassianIn'taqJem'HadarKlingonMenas BaariMugatoMuuldaxanNausicaanRomulanSilesiTyrhennianVulcan

States and organizations

Bajoran MilitiaStarfleetUnited Federation of Planets
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Bajoran ResistanceDominionStarfleet Academy

Science and technology

Aurora Borealisbloodchicken poxcloaking devicecommunicatordilithiumGoryyn's syndromegruw'rheartholodeckholosuitemumpsphaserphoton torpedopower coilprobequantum mechanicsresistance nodulesensor arrayspacedocksupernovathoridium sulfidetimetractor beamtropazineturboliftwater pumpwave nexus

Ranks and titles

captaincounselordabo girldoctormajornagusofficer

Other references

Actuman ginger chickenadjittari wineanbo-jytsuBajoran religionbarBattle of Wolf 359benarrhchampagnechesschessboardcometcorlandiumdabodartsdartboarddaydom-jotdrinkduraniumerriz podFerengi Rules of AcquisitionFlavanian beetleFlavanian beetle canapéfoodGreekjinga waspKlingon hot sauceKras'suda blossomKrechma Offensivelatinummak'terama dropmenju nutmerragat wormModvaarian tonicMoxon Maneuvernob-nochnutOccupation of Bajorpenal colonyplanetplomeek soupPluboi Ployracquetballraktajinorogue cometschoonerScintaavian sunsetshore leaveStarfleet Academy Marathontushpah eggzombie


Related media

  • DS9 episode: "Emissary": The surviving crew recall the destruction of the Saratoga at Wolf 359. Sisko, Jake, Hranok and Barnes mention Jennifer's death.
  • TNG episode: "The Emissary": O'Brien recalls K'Ehleyr's unusual arrival in that episode.
  • DS9 episode: "The Adversary": Occurring a short time before the events of the novel, Pernon mentions that the Bajorans are one of many races "watching out" for Changeling infiltrators.


  • Some fans have claimed this novel is a reworking of Friedman's Star Trek: The Next Generation novel Reunion. Friedman commented "I had so much fun with Reunion I thought I would do it again... I certainly wasn't recycling stuff". (Voyages of Imagination)
  • Friedman also commented "I was happy with the job I did but I don't know if I had as much of an affinity for Deep Space Nine as I did for the Next Generation. In TNG you saved the galaxy from some horrible threat. In DS9 you saved Quark's bar. To me it was a whole different scale and so the motivation was more mercenary. It was much more in keeping with DS9, especially DS9 at that point, before you get into the Dominion War. I don't know if it worked as well because of that." (Voyages of Imagination)
  • The names of the Bolian Lieutenant and the late Vulcan captain of the Saratoga differ in this novel from other pieces of Star Trek literature. The Bolian is called "Zar" and the Vulcan is called "Saros".
  • Hugh M. Frick's Kliatt's description of the books events was: "When Starfleet is ready to commission a new Galaxy-class (sic) star ship named Saratoga in honor of the ship destroyed by the Borg, Captain Sisko and the other surviving members of the original ship are invited to attend the launching ceremony. While Sisko is ferrying the survivors on the Defiant back to Mars for the ceremony, one of them sabotages the ship and traps it in a space singularity so they can be captured by Retizian pirates, who intend to use their bodies for harvesting. Sisko, Dax, and O'Brien manage to thwart these plans and escape from the pirates. Meanwhile, Odo has to assume the shape of Quark in order to negotiate the purchase of some pumping equipment needed to save a Bajoran city". (Kliatt Young Adult Paperback Book Guide, Volume 31, 1997)




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