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In the darkest hours of the Dominion War, as the Federation's downfall seemed ever more certain, Jem'Hadar and Cardassian forces conquered Betazed, the homeworld of Deanna Troi. Their victory sent shock waves through the Alpha Quadrant, and put the Dominion within striking distance of Vulcan, Andor, Tellar -- and possibly Earth itself.

To secure their position in the very heart of the Federation, the Cardassians begin constructing space station Sentok Nor in orbit of Betazed. The station is to serve as both the seat of the Dominion occupation and the site of horrific experiments by Cardassia's foremost exobiologist, the infamous Dr. Crell Moset.

With Starfleet's forces spread too thinly in the ongoing struggle to retake Betazed outright, the U.S.S. Enterprise, along with some old and new friends, is deployed to carry out a dangerous and desperate plan. But no matter what the outcome, the consequences could alter Betazed irrevocably, forcing Deanna Troi to choose between her world's survival and its very soul.



AdanaChaxazaDal CorbinLorella CorbinBeverly CrusherDanielsDataEllumCort EnarenCort Enaren IIDamira EnarenSark EnarenGeorgianosHernandezGeordi La ForgeLanolanLemecLuaranCrell MosetNogMiles O'BrienOkalanKell PerimJean-Luc PicardNerissa PovronWilliam T. RikerSteinHent TevrenBarin TroiDeanna TroiLwaxana TroiElias Vaughnth'VraasWorfSorana Xerix
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Jadzia DaxDukatTam ElbrunElim GarakA.E. HousmanWilliam RossPrynn TenmeiIan Andrew Troi


BetazedDaronaDocking pylonDocking ringJarkanaJarkana MountainsLoneel MountainsLoneel ValleySentok Nor (Nor-class space station) • Starbase 19Starbase 133
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Alpha CentauriAndorArvada IIIBajorBerengaria VIIBeta VIBetreka NebulaBolarusCondarDeep Space 9EarthLappa IVNorthern School DistrictRidani spaceportRigel systemTellarVulcan

Starships and vehicles

USS Defiant (Defiant-class) • USS Enterprise-E (Sovereign-class) • Galor-classJem'Hadar attack shipUSS Katana (Saber-class) • USS NautilusUSS Scimitar (Saber-class) • USS Tulwar (Saber-class)
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USS Sentinel

Races and cultures

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States and organizations

Betazed resistanceDominionFirst House of BetazedFourth House of BetazedStarfleetStarfleet 8th FleetStarfleet 12th FleetStarfleet Special OperationsThird House of BetazedUnited Federation of Planets
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Bajoran ResistanceBetazed Defense ForceCarvan InstitutePsionic cultUniversity of Culat

Science and technology

Bubonic plaguecloaking deviceFostossa virusketracel-whiteMyrmidon wind devilneurocortical monitorphased polaron beamphoton torpedoplantpoisonpsilosyninepulse phaserquantum torpedoRigelian feverrootRyetalynspace stationspiral wave disruptor

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Other references

22752297Andorian punchBattle of RigelBlessed Books of KataracavatCorzonCrystiliaDaronan spring waterDiomedian scarlet mossDominion WarDraebidium calimusfish juicefistriumFrangipanihara catLegate's Crest of ValorPoinciana treepsychobabbleSacred Scepter of BetazedSadisurface operations blacksThe Taming of the ShrewTarnatelekinesisteskali treeTomed IncidenttoraniumVulcan nerve pinchzan periculiZintaba


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published order
Previous novel:
A Hard Rain
TNG unnumbered novels Next novel:
Do Comets Dream?
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Mirror Eyes
Pocket Next Adventure:
Twilight's Wrath
Previous Adventure:
Mirror Eyes
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E)
Next Adventure:
Star Trek: Insurrection
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2375.
The Pocket Books Timeline places events from this story in one other timeframe:
Previous Adventure:
Uninvited Admirals
3rd flashback
Chapter 3, Sections 3-4
Next Adventure:
Chapter 6, Section 3 and Chapter 10, Sections 4-5

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