At last—the untold chapter in the history of Star Trek's most notorious villain, Khan. Searing and powerful, To Reign in Hell masterfully bridges the time period between Khan Noonien Singh's twenty-third century revival in the Original Series classic episode "Space Seed" and his unforgettable return in the acclaimed feature film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
What truly transpired during Khan's long years of exile on the forbidding world of Ceti Alpha V, before the tyrant escaped to embark on a murderous campaign of vengeance against Admiral James T. Kirk? What horrific trials spawned Khan's insane lust for revenge?
Haunted by the memory of Khan's bitter accusations, Kirk now revisits Ceti Alpha V to discover for himself what ultimately drove Khan to madness. There, buried beneath the desolate surface of a dying planet, Kirk and his allies find the untold story of their greatest foe—and of the woman who loved him: Lieutenant Marla McGivers of Starfleet
Along with Khan's genetically engineered followers from the twentieth century, Khan and Marla are left on Ceti Alpha V with the hopes of building a new life together. Although the planet is savage and untamed, full of deadly predators and unexpected hazards, Khan dreams of carving out an empire even greater than the one he once ruled on Earth.
But when catastrophe strikes, laying waste to the entire world, Khan and the others find themselves trapped in a desperate struggle for survival. Now Khan must use every ounce of his superhuman strength and intellect to wage a fearsome battle against the planet, his people… and the growing darkness in his own soul.


Khan Noonien Singh and his genetically enhanced followers are exiled to the planet of Ceti Alpha V. Six months after their exile to Ceti Alpha V, Khan and Marla McGivers, along with many of the other colonists, are married. When Ceti Alpha VI explodes, the planet is devastated, and the colony on Ceti Alpha V barely survives the upheaval. McGivers is later killed by Harulf Ericsson, a jealous Eugenic Augment, who places a Ceti eel in her ear and directs her to kill Khan, a scheme which backfires when McGivers kills herself instead, and sets Khan upon a path of revenge against Ericcson and his faction.

After Khan's death in 2285, Captain Kirk, Captain Spock, Doctor McCoy, and Commander Hikaru Sulu return to Ceti Alpha V in early 2287, in attempt to learn more about Khan's exile. During their search, they accidentally stumble upon a sarcophagus for Marla that was built by Khan, with McGivers' mummified remains contained within. In another sarcophagus, likely meant for Khan, Spock discovers data tapes and records, as well as Khan's personal journal.

Before they leave, the Starfleet landing party is accosted by Ericsson's daughter and a few other surviving supermen and women who were exiled from the colony, and who demand to know of Khan's whereabouts, not knowing that he had left the planet and subsequently killed in battle against the USS Enterprise. The younger Ericsson also destroys Marla's remains with a phaser that she takes from the landing party.

Captain Kirk manages to convince the young Ericsson that Khan was indeed dead, and their fight is now over. Upon returning to their ship, Kirk then instructs Sulu to set a course for the Mutara Sector, and then beams Marla McGivers' ashes into the debris field created when the Genesis Planet exploded, so that that she and Khan could at last be together. Kirk also hoped that as husband and wife were reunited, that somewhere, somehow, Marla McGivers and Khan Noonien Singh have both finally found peace.

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