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Based on the epic two-part television episode, here now is the story STAR TREK™ fans have awaited for five long years, the story that bring together Spock -- the enigmatic Vulcan who personified the original, classic STAR TREK -- with the crew of the Next Generation.

Screenwriter Jeri Taylor brings all the excitement and wonder that have captivated fans of the smash television series STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION™ to this story of Spock's forbidden journey into the heart of the Romulan Empire -- and the U.S.S. Enterprise's desperate attempts to discover the reasons for his mission there.

Join now with Captain Picard, Lieutenant Commander Data, and the rest of the Next Generation crew on a voyage of unsurpassed adventure, a voyage that brings them to the edge of history -- and forces them to confront a shattering betrayal!

Picard and the Enterprise crew are sent to investigate what appears to be the defection of Ambassador Spock to Romulus. Captain Picard and Lt. Cmdr. Data disguise themselves as Romulans and are transported to Romulus. There they discover that Spock is actually attempting the reunification of Vulcan and Romulus, and working with a Romulan underground movement. Picard's Romulan nemesis, Commander Sela, reappears and captures the Starfleet officers and the ambassador, all as part of a plan to conquer Vulcan. The three must escape from their Romulan prison and foil Sela's plans for invasion.


Picard is informed by an old friend, Admiral Brackett, that Ambassador Spock has been sighted on Romulus with no explanation. Picard travels to Vulcan and meets the increasingly confused and dying Sarek, who suggests Spock might have contacted Senator Pardek, a moderate Romulan politician with whom he has a long-standing friendship. Picard is able to secure the services of a cloaked Klingon ship and he and Data travel to Romulus disguised as Romulans.

Meanwhile, Riker and the Enterprise investigate the discovery of a Vulcan deflector array on a crashed Ferengi ship. They discover the Vulcan ship it was taken from has gone missing from a shipyard. Riker and security officer Gretchen Naylor identify a member of the Zakdorn staff who has been feeding information to a smuggler, Melcor, allowing him to obtain ship parts. The Enterprise is involved in a confrontation with Melcor's ship, which is destroyed.

Picard and Data are soon found by Pardek's people and taken to Spock, who has made contact with the Romulan Unification movement, who hope for a reunion between the Vulcan and Romulan peoples. A new proconsul, Neral, is apparently sympathetic to the movement but Picard and Spock are both suspicious of him. Meanwhile, the Enterprise uncovers evidence that Melcor was part of a network smuggling Vulcan ship parts to the Romulans at Galorndon Core.

Neral and Pardek turn out to be working with Sela, who takes Picard, Spock and Data prisoner while Neral's troops massacre members of the Unification movement. Sela reveals the Romulans have acquired three Vulcan ships which will transport an invasion force to Vulcan: A faked message from Spock will claim they are a peace envoy seeking reunification. Her prisoners manage to overpower Sela and her guards and use the message to warn the Enterprise and Vulcan of the invasion. The Enterprise pursues the stolen Vulcan ships which are destroyed by a Romulan warbird rather than let their people be captured.

Picard, Spock and Sela escape from Sela's base and meet the survivors of the unification movement, who have taken refuge in another cave network. Picard and Data prepare to return to the Klingon ship but Spock chooses to remain behind, believing one day the movement will cause the Romulans to embrace Vulcan philosophy.

This summary is based on the novelisation. Some details differ from the televised version.



Part I characters[]

B'iJikBennettRuah BrackettBeverly CrusherDataKlim DokachinGatesJaeJaron (aka Koramar) • K'VadaKassemGeordi La ForgePerrin LandoverLopezMartinezNelsonNeralPardekJean-Luc PicardWilliam T. RikerDennis RussellSarekSpockDeanna TroiWorf, son of MoghUSS Enterprise-D computer
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Part II characters[]

AmarieCalandraBeverly CrusherD'TanDataJaron (aka Koramar) • K'VadaKassemGeordi La ForgeNeralOmagPardekJean-Luc PicardWilliam T. RikerDennis RussellSelaSpockTagusTamarithTelak (aka Toraan) • Deanna TroiWorf, son of Mogh
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James T. Kirk

Novelization characters[]

AmarieB'iJikRuah BrackettBeverly CrusherD'TanDanutDataKlim DokachinGelfinaJanickaJaronK'VadaKlargGeordi La ForgePerrin LandoverMotGretchen NaylorNeralMiles O'BrienOmagPardekJean-Luc PicardWilliam T. RikerSarekSelaSeversonShaloteShernSpockStumpyDeanna TroiWorf, son of Mogh
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BarashB'EtorDevilFrankGowronAmanda GraysonGuinanI-ChayaKahlessK'kamK'TalJames T. KirkLursaMelcorMeldetLhian MendakMinuetMonroeNardCasey NaylorKeiko O'BrienMolly O'BrienMaurice PicardRobert PicardYvette Gessard PicardRenninumAnnie RikerKyle RikerRo LarenTomalakT'PelLwaxana TroiNatasha Yar

Starships and vehicles[]

antigrav podD'deridex-class (warbird) • USS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class) • USS GhandiIKS Kruge (Klingon bird-of-prey) • Melcor's shipT'Pau (Merchant-class)
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Barolian freighterUSS EnterpriseUSS Enterprise-CFerengi cargo shuttleUSS ReliantRutian archaeological vesselUSS Tripoli


DarthaDektenbthe galaxyGalorndon CoreIrniltKrocton SegmentMasfarikM'NarthQualor IIRomulan Neutral ZoneRomulusSector 213Shern's PalaceStarbase 234Stumpy'sSurplus Depot Z15Ten-ForwardValley of ChulaVulcanZakdorn
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AlaskaBetazedCardassiaDeath ValleyDoraf IDulisian IVDulisian systemEarthEdenFirefalls of Gath Gal'thongFranceHanolin asteroid beltHellHoalotIndianaLa BarreLambdorMemphisNason BartaNew OrleansNew YorkNorth AmericaQo'noSRategRomiiStarbase 314TalemstraTennessee

Races and cultures[]

AndroidBetazoidBolianFerengiFilimaseHuman (FrenchIrishJapaneseTerran) • KlingonNason Barta nativeRomulanTalemstra nativeVulcanZakdorn
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States and organizations[]

Klingon Defense ForceKlingon EmpireRomulan GuardRomulan SenateRomulan Star EmpireStarfleetStarfleet CommandUnited Federation of Planets
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Klingon High CouncilSkidmore UniversityStarfleet AcademyUnited States of America

Ranks and titles[]

accountantadmiralambassadorArbiter of Successionarchaeologistarchitectarms traderbarberbookkeeperbridge duty officerbureaucratcadetcaptainchiefchief engineerchief of securitycommandercommanding officercookcounselordoctorengineerensignfirst officerfleet admiralgeneralhelmsmanhistorianjunior officerjunior security officerkinglegal intercessorlieutenantlieutenant commandermapmakermessengernavigatorofficerpediatric nursephysicianprinceproconsulprostitutequartermasterranking officerscientistsecond officersecurity guardsecurity officersenatorsenior officersmugglersoldierspysuperior officertactical officertailortechniciantransporter chiefuhlanwaiterwarrior

Science and technology[]

adrenalineatmosphereBendii syndromebinary star systembloodbonebraincloaking devicecommand chaircommunicatorcomputercruiserdata bankdisruptorelectricityevolutionfifth-phase reactorfireflagshipgalaxygem polisherhairheartholodeckholographic recordinghologramhyposprayinterferometric scannerkeyboardlamplaser edgelife supportlong-range scannermonitornavigational deflectoroptical scannerpaddpalm beaconphaserphaser arrayphaser bankreplicatorrobotRomulan information netscannerscoutsensorshieldsspacespace-time distortionstarbasestarshipsteam quillsubspace markerswordtractor beamtransmittertranspondertransportertransporter padtricorderturboliftuniversal translatorviewscreenVISORwarp drivewarship


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Other references[]

192520th centuryAktuh and MelotaAndorian bluesaway missionbarbershopbat'lethbluesbookbreadbridgebuttercapital cityCardassian Warcargo baycarrier wavecatsupcenturychampagneCircassian plaguecitycivil warclaustrophobiaclothingcoincolonycommunication processconference loungecontinentcool suit • "cowboy diplomacy" • daydecadedentariumdeuteriumdinglhdistress callEarl Greyeggemotionempathyengineeringfencingfuneralgargoyleghostglassglettengranitegraveyardhistoryhomeworldhoneyhonky-tonkhospitalhouriceinsectironjacketjazzjigsaw puzzlejolan trujumpsuitkekogenKhitomer ConferencekilometerKlingon Civil WarKlingon operalaboratorylanguagelavaleatherlight-yearlogiclungmapmarblemarriagematterMelor Famagalmetalmetaphasic eye shadowmetermilitarymind meldmint teaminutemirrormoneymonthmoonmountainmusicnapkinnationnetnurseryoatmealoilomeletoperaorbitoxygenpalag crackerphilosophypianopiggybackplanetpotato casseroleprejudicequadrantquantum filamentquartersready roomred alertreunificationrice breadrockropesaladsaltsausageschoolsciencesecondsectorseskethsickbaysnowsocksongsoupspice sticksplit-pea soupstand-up bassstarstardateStarfleet uniformstar systemsteelsubspacesuck saltsugarsynthetic biopolymertakatartteatechnologythundertimetimpanitorchtoytransporter roomTrastor aletromboneuniformuniversevideo logvineyardVulcan languageVulcan neck pinchwarp factorwaterweaponwinterwoodyear





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Japanese : ヴァルカン大使スポック, translated by Hiroshi Saito. (Hayakawa Bunko)
German : Die Zusammenkunft, translated by Andreas Brandhorst. (Heyne)
Italian : Il Segreto di Spock, translated by Annarita Guarnieri. (Fanucci)

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