From the back cover 
Major Kira and the ambitious Kai Winn have never seen eye to eye, but when Cardassian renegades invade Deep Space 9, determined to capture one of the sacred Orbs of the Prophets, the two women must work together to preserve both the Orb and the safety of everyone aboard the station.
Captain Sisko and the crew of the Defiant cannot come to Kira's aid; they are too busy teaching an entire world how to fight back against a vicious invasion—even if it means breaking the Prime Directive!



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USS Defiant (Defiant-class) • USS Harriman (Galaxy-class) • USS Mallocskimmer
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Bajor (Heavenward Prayer Spaceport) • Deep Space 9Sierra-Bravo 112Sierra-Bravo 112-II
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Bajoran MilitiaBajoran ResistanceCardassian UnionDominionLiberatedStarfleetUnited Federation of Planets
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published order
Previous novel:
The Courageous
DS9 numbered novels Next novel:
A Stitch in Time
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
The Courageous
Pocket Next Adventure:
Doctor Bashir, I Presume
Previous Adventure:
The Courageous
Deep Space Nine Adventures Next Adventure:
Doctor Bashir, I Presume
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2373.
The Pocket Books Timeline places events from this story in one other timeframe:
Previous Adventure:
The Courageous
Chapters 1; 6-8; 12 Section 1
Chapters 4 Section 3; Chapter 9 Section 1; Chapter 12 Section 2; Chapter 15 Section 1
Next Adventure:
The Shoulders of Giants
Two: Rayvis

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