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Publisher's description

From the back cover: While a crucial peace conference fills Deep Space Nine with rumors of intrigue and conspiracy, Major Kira and Lt. Commander Worf embark on a dangerous undercover mission deep in the heart of the Gamma Quadrant. Their mission: to find the secret of the addictive substance that the Changelings use to control their Jem'Hadar warriors. But how long can Worf and Kira remain undetected in the midst of the Dominion? Odo may be their only hope; but to save them, he'll have to stand against his own people.

Summary

A Dominion scientist has discovered information on Jem'Hadar DNA, including how the Founders modify that DNA to make them dependent on ketracel-white. Seeing the opportunity to stop the Jem'Hadar threat, Sisko sends Worf, Kira and Odo into the Gamma Quadrant to retrieve the information.

On the station, Sisko is hosting peace talks between the Federation and the Cardassians and the Maquis. The talks are overseen by the Valtusians. Wary of Changeling infiltration, Sisko orders Bashir to test the DNA of the delegates, to make sure they are who they appear to be. Complicating matters is that the Cardassian representative is identified by a Bajoran vedek as a war criminal from the Occupation.

References

Characters

AuronJulian BashirColfaxDan CzirakyJadzia DaxDulevHarold DuQuesneElim GarakGerazhJezrakKira NerysKloranKoratta JaelMyriam KravitzMcCormickRel MekkarRen MekkarMiles O'BrienOdoOrvorQuarkRomSelannSenoshBenjamin SiskoSnoct SneydHarold StrockmanT'PaoThokPhilip TwofeathersVertanWerronWinn AdamiWorfZheronnZhoshunnamed Caxtonianunnamed Denuviansunnamed Igridsunnamed Taltic
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DataDaxCurzon DaxGoffJames T. KirkKurnGeordi La ForgeLoran DevysOpakaJean-Luc PicardPolattaQAlexander RozhenkoJake SiskoJoseph SiskoDeanna Troi

Locations

Alpha QuadrantBajorCarnalia VIIIDaborat VDaborat systemDeep Space 9 (OpsPromenadeQuark's) • Gamma QuadrantHall of JusticeSkovar IVSkovar VI
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Arvanus VIBelmastCardassiaDorvantoEarthFounders' homeworldGalagos VI (Galagos) • Ileph-BOctyne IIIOrjax ClusterThe ProdigalQo'noSRetollan MonasteryStarbase 201Valtusia

Starships and vehicles

USS Excalibur (Ambassador-class) • Galactic Queen (Delphi-class) • hovercarJakar-classProgress (Delphi-class) • Sespar's Revenge (Dominion warship)
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USS DefiantUSS Enterprise-DUganda

Races and cultures

AndorianBajoranCardassianCaxtonianChangelingDenuvianFerengiGroxxinHuman (CherokeeNative American) • IffalianIgridJem'HadarKlingonTalticTrillValtusianVulcan
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DoldarianRomulanProphetsThelorian

States and organizations

Bajoran MilitiaCardassian UnionDetapa CouncilCardassian GuardDominionFounderMaquisStarfleetUnited Federation of Planets
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Brooklyn DodgersObsidian OrderStarfleet Academy

Science and technology

blood screeningcarboncloakerDNADNA scannerholosuitehyperspaceketracel-whitePanzer's Syndromeretrovirustricorderwarp coilxolon

Ranks and titles

ambassadordabo girlEmissary of the ProphetskaiSub-Garn

Other references

Antwerp ConferenceBajoran prophecyBajoran religionbaseballbrush devilcoffeedabodartsdress uniformduracreteduraniumdurasteelFederation-Cardassian WarFerengi Rules of AcquisitionhzorkJefferies tubelatinumMay'boqOccupation of Bajororange juiceOslan silkpit spiderplanetprune juiceQualian sea brandyRomulan alespiced aleTirellian stout

Appendices

Background information

  • "The Heart of the Warrior" marks the first appearance of Worf in a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novel, not counting the novelization of "The Way of the Warrior". The historian's note gives the name of the novel as The Trojan Spaceship.
  • John Gregory Betancourt commented: "Worf has always been one of my favorite characters, and I wanted to write a book about him but set in the Dominion, where he would find a challenge to his handto-hand combat skills. Unfortunately, later seasons of DS9 developed the Founders and Dominion enough that my book is, ah, retroactively contradictory to the official universe in a number of places". (Voyages of Imagination)

Related stories

  • The Changeling characters recall the events of "The Adversary", where Odo became the first Changeling to kill another.
  • Sisko recalls the events of "Homefront" and Paradise Lost", especially the bombing of the conference and believing his own father was a Changeling.
  • Bashir and Sisko recall the events of "Our Man Bashir".
  • Kira recalls the events of "Q-Less" and she and Worf tell stories of their encounters with Q.

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Connections

published order
Previous novel:
Time's Enemy
DS9 numbered novels Next novel:
Saratoga
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Meld
Pocket Next Adventure:
Sons of Mogh
Previous Adventure:
Return to Grace
Deep Space Nine Adventures Next Adventure:
Sons of Mogh
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