(written from a Production point of view)
Sisko must keep a strange alien ship with the potential to destroy Deep Space Nine out of Cardassian hands.
- From the book jacket
- Tensions caused by speculation that Cardassia is about to reoccupy Bajor are complicated by the arrival of a strange alien ship. When it's discovered that the crew is dead and the ship is carrying valuable Gamma Quadrant technology, it becomes a sought after prize, which Commander Sisko must fight to keep out of Cardassian hands. Meanwhile, Sisko also finds himself at odds with Major Kira, who believes the ship is Bajoran property.
- When the alien ship suddenly seizes control of Deep Space Nine, and the Cardassians move in to try to capture it, Sisko must face off against a shipload of angry Cardassians – and the alien being controlling Deep Space Nine!
- This is the first Star Trek novel by author Lawrence Watt-Evans, writing under the pseudonym Nathan Archer.
- According to the Author's Note, the events of this book take place before those in Lois Tilton's novel Betrayal.
- The novel was originally intended to be released as the fourth Deep Space Nine novel; however, a mixup between author and editor John Ordover, after Watt-Evans broke his hand, led to the release date being pushed back more than a year and a half. (Voyages of Imagination, pp. 234-235)
- As a result of the delays, Ordover added references to the USS Defiant into the final manuscript, despite the setting of the novel being some time before the starship would be introduced in "The Search, Part I". (Voyages of Imagination, pp. 234-235)
- Canon characters listed below are linked to the main article about them. Non-canon characters are not linked, but those that recurred, appearing or being mentioned in more than one story, are defined further in Pocket DS9 characters.
Regular and recurring characters
- Benjamin Sisko
- Starfleet commander, the CO of Deep Space 9.
- Kira Nerys
- Bajoran Militia.
- Chief of Security, Bajoran Militia.
- Julian Bashir
- Jadzia Dax
- Science Officer.
- Jake Sisko
- Miles O'Brien
- Chief of Operations.
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