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The return of Picard's nemesis means danger for the Federation!


From the book jacket
On a mission to an unexplored planet near the Klingon-Romulan border, the USS Enterprise travels to the planet Eloh to negotiate Federation membership. But upon arrival, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and his diplomatic team find themselves face to face with Commander Sela, an old Romulan enemy -- who's there to convince the Elohsians to join the Romulan Empire.
When a series of fatal incidents casts suspicion on both delegations, Data must form an uneasy alliance with Sela to prove the innocence of the Starship Enterprise crew -- or lose a strategic stronghold to the Federation's greatest enemy.
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Gregori AndropovBenBeverly CrusherDaithinDataDonaJenna D'SoraGuinanMichael HagenIlenaJames KellyLan KrisGeordi La ForgeLarkinRobin LeflerLuthPaterJean-Luc PicardPlactusWilliam T. RikerRo LarenSelaElizabeth SewardSimaveRick TaylorTelornDeanna TroiWalnWorf
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Arthur Conan DoyleEdgar Allen PoeMarguerite NiparRakalWilliam ShakespeareSpockStelinTorethLance WoodsTasha Yar


ElohRomulan Neutral ZoneStarbase 211Vulcan
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BajorEarthMarylandNarenda IIIRemusRomulus

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class) • Khazara (D'Deridex-class) • N'ventnar (D'Deridex-class)
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USS Cochrane

Races and cultures

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States and organizations

DarFederationFederation Diplomatic OfficeKlingon EmpirePopulistsRomulan SenateRomulan Star EmpireRomulan Star NavyStarfleetTal Shiar
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Starfleet Academy

Science and technology

alienbuzzercommunicatorcomputercontrol paneldeep space stationhairholodeckhumanoidplantstar systemstarshiptimeturboliftuniversal translatorviewscreenVISORwarp drive

Ranks and titles

captaincommanderensigngovernorlieutenantofficerpoliticianpremiersocial scientistteacherwaiter

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21st centuryarchitecturebeltbookbowlbridgecargo baycenturyceramicchaircivil warcorridordeathdipdiplomacyDixon HillEarth-Romulan WarEugenics Warsfirst contactfoodgovernmenthandshakeherbhistoryhistory bookhomeworldincensejumpsuitlanguagemenumilitary conflictNewcomer's Ballnoodleobservation loungeOccupation of BajorplanetpocketpoliticsPrime Directivepuppyraces and culturesred alertrestaurantRomulan languagesaladschoolSecond World Warsoupstar chartstardatetabletechnologyterrorismtreatyvegetablewarweaponxenopsychology


20th century
Earth's technology in the 20th century was analogous to the development of Eloh in the 24th century.
mid-22nd century
The closing days of the Earth-Romulan War see a non-aggression pact that bars Human-allied and Romulan-allied ship from orbiting planets belonging to the opposite power.
On the planet Eloh, the civil war undergoes a resurgence as the Populists and the Dar clash.
USS Cochrane surveys Eloh.
The Elohsian people end centuries of war, finally establishing a unitary planet-wide government, after they become aware of alien life outside of their star system.
  • Counselor Troi spends a harrowing time aboard the warbird Khazara posing as a Tal Shiar agent.
  • USS Enterprise-D picks up personnel at Starbase 211. One of the 14 families brought aboard includes young James Kelly.
  • Commander Sela is assigned to make progress towards bringing the Elohsians into the Romulan Star Empire.
stardate 46892.6 (later in 2369)
The Enterprise-D visits Eloh and finds Commander Sela's warbird there.



  • The historian's note places this novel a few months after the events of "Face of the Enemy".

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