Publisher's description

An insidious plot for revenge has spanned several years in the life of Jean-Luc Picard, but how did this merciless vendetta get started? Like a double helix curling back on itself, the final answer lies at the very beginning...

A series of terrorist attacks have heightened tensions between two alien races, bringing an entire sector to the brink of interplanetary war. While Picard, captain of the U.S.S. Stargazer, struggles to keep the peace, Lieutenant Commander Jack Crusher must team up with a Vulcan officer named Tuvok to uncover the hidden architect of the attacks, but the outcome of their quest would breed dire consequences for the future.



Mendan AbbisAmmermanGerda AsmundIdun AsmundAvriilPudris BarrhGilaad Ben ZomaCabriniTricia CadwalladerBeverly CrusherJack CrusherWesley CrusherCabrid CulunnhMella CwanTae CwanGraceCarter GreyhorseJetaal JilokhPeter JosephKaavinKirbyMarcusM'ketwaMooreNaksoBin NedrachOld ScowlyJean-Luc PicardDar ShabikPhigus SimenonSulakSammis TarvGerrid ThulTuvokUbbardUlassiVigoWylYov
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Karl BroadnaxHerculesJuliaBidrik OnagghRisaab of GollukSisters NoraddisHikaru SuluSurakPhilip TerranceT'Pel


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Archaidae sectorCordra IVEarthMailocMissouriSakariTebra VIVulcan

Starships and vehicles

Cordracite warshipDurikkan vesselUSS StargazerConstellation-classhovertranPredator-classRacer-classreconnaissance vessel
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USS Wyoming

Races and cultures

BanyananBenniariCordraciteDenesthianGnalishHuman (Native American) • IndarrhiMelacronOld Scowly's speciesOrionPandriliteShaidanianShera'sha-shaThallonianTikraatVulcan
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States and organizations

Kellasian CongressMe'laa'kraQua-SokStarfleetStarfleet AcademyTen Warriors of Hitna'heThallonian EmpireUnited Federation of Planets


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  • The Double Helix series was a Next Generation storyline that featured each installment crossing over with another franchise series. "The First Virtue" in particular featured elements of what would become Star Trek: Stargazer.

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published order
Previous novel:
Double or Nothing
TNG numbered novels Next novel:
The Forgotten War
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Dark Allies
Twenty Years Earlier
Pocket Next Adventure:
A Stitch in Time
Part 1; Chapters 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19

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