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Kirk and McCoy accompany Spock to the Vulcan Academy Hospital, seeking experimental treatment for a badly wounded Enterprise crew member.
Spock's mother is also a patient in the hospital, and Kirk soon becomes involved in the complex drama of Spock's family.
Suddenly, patients are dying, and Kirk suspects the unthinkable—murder on [[(planet)|]]! But can he convince the Vulcans that something as illogical as murder as possible? Until the killer is caught, everyone is in danger!

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The Enterprise is involved in a skirmish with the Klingons in disputed space, which leaves a crewmember, Remington, paralyzed. Spock reveals a treatment that could save him has recently been developed by Vulcan scientist Sorel and human Daniel Corrigan: The patient is placed in stasis, allowing the body to regenerate itself. Spock's mother Amanda is currently undergoing the procedure.

Kirk, Spock and McCoy take Remington to Vulcan to undergo the process. However, power failures deactivate the chambers containing Remington and Sorel's wife T'Zan, killing them. Kirk realises the failures were the result of deliberate sabotage and therefore murder. An attempt to track which computer was used to sabotage the process is foiled when the murderer overloads the memory banks, inadvertently starting a fire that is only just brought under control.

When Sorel's daughter T'Mir is bonded to Corrigan, her suitor Sendet goes mad with jealousy and attacks Corrigan, trying to sever the telepathic bond between the couple. His alibi for the murders is revealed to be false but when he undergoes a Verification ceremony to determine the truth, it is discovered that, although he is a member of a renegade organisation hoping to return Vulcan to its warlike past, he is not the murderer. Sendet and his associates are allowed to leave Vulcan for another planet.

The real murderer is Eleyna Miller, Sarek's assistant who has become obsessed with him and is trying to kill Amanda. She takes Kirk into the desert, supposedly for a romantic assignation, then pushes him from a low ledge and leaves him for dead. Fortunately, he survives until McCoy finds him. Eleyna then tries to kill Amanda by programming the stasis chamber to revive her too early. She is saved by Spock and Sarek, who join her in a family mind meld to bring her body to full consciousness. Eleyna is taken into custody to undergo psychiatric treatment.

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Characters[edit | edit source]

Pavel ChekovDaniel CorriganAmanda GraysonGroganJakorskiJames T. KirkLivingerJabilo M'BengaLeonard McCoyM'GuraEleyna MillerCarl RemingtonRosenSarekMontgomery ScottSendetSorelSotonSpockStevensStornHikaru SuluSurakT'MirT'ParT'PauT'SiaT'VetT'ZanWatsonZarn
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William Shakespeare

Starships and vehicles[edit | edit source]

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • unnamed Klingon warship

Locations[edit | edit source]

the galaxy's Alpha or Beta Quadrants 
Klingon warship battle site
Vulcan (Vulcan system, Vulcan sector, Beta Quadrant
Llangon MountainsShiKahrShrine of T'VetT'KuhtVulcan Science Academy Hospital
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States and organizations[edit | edit source]

Followers of T'VetStarfleetUnited Federation of PlanetsVulcan Science AcademyVulcan Space Central
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Masters of GolStarfleet Academy

Technology and weapons[edit | edit source]

photon torpedostarship

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Food and beverages[edit | edit source]

Andorian pizzabrandykasa juicekreylaRigellian wineTellarite linguini

Ranks and titles[edit | edit source]

captainchief engineerchief medical officercommandercommanding officerdoctorengineerFederation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)first officerhealerlieutenantlieutenant commanderhelmsmanmedical practitionernavigatorofficerscientistscience officersecond officerweapons officertactical officer

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Chronology[edit | edit source]

stardate 3372.7, 2267 (nearly two years earlier) 
Spock's last visit to Vulcan.
Enterprise engages the Klingon warship and proceeds to Vulcan.

Appendices[edit | edit source]

Related stories[edit | edit source]

  • The novel states that it was nearly two years since Spock had last visited Vulcan, as seen in TOS episode: "Amok Time".

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Connections[edit | edit source]

published order
Previous novel:
The Tears of the Singers
TOS numbered novels Next novel:
Uhura's Song
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
To Reign in Hell: The Exile of Khan Noonien Singh
Chapters 12-13
Pocket Next Adventure:
The IDIC Epidemic
Previous Adventure:
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
(2264 to 2270)
Next Adventure:
The IDIC Epidemic

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