(written from a Production point of view)
- From the book jacket
- Three years have passed since the events depicted in Stone and Anvil, and for the past and present crew of the USS Excalibur, life has taken many surprising twists and turns. Captain Elizabeth Shelby has been promoted to admiral and is commanding officer of Space Station Bravo – while her former starship, the USS Trident, has a new captain. Soleta has left Starfleet to embrace the perils of exploring her Romulan heritage. The powerful Zak Kebron doubles as Excalibur counselor and security chief.
- And Mackenzie Calhoun? Well, Mackenzie Calhoun's still who he is.
- As Si Cwan, prime minister of the New Thallonian Protectorate, prepares to marry off his sister Kallinda in a politically advantageous pairing that will strengthen his newly restored empire, the bride-to-be is abducted in a calamitous event that threatens to destabilize the entire sector – especially since Kallinda's abductor is all too familiar.
- As the Excalibur-A, the Trident, and the entire Thallonian fleet attempt to bring order to their sector of space, none could ever suspect that a mysterious alien force may also be playing a part in Kallinda's disappearance – and that the the entire galaxy may soon face a long-forgotten enemy.
Xyon kidnaps Kallinda from New Thallon when he discovers she's going to get married. She is kidnapped, Xyon heads back to New Thallon to let Si Cwan know. Robin jeopardizes her marriage to retrieve him from torture. The Trident retrieves Kallinda from an enemy of the New Thallonian Protectorate and returns her to her family. Xyon suspects she isn't really Kalinda. That suspicion seems to be substantiated when she kills her finance.
- 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 New Frontier characters.
- Captain Mackenzie Calhoun
- Admiral Elizabeth Shelby, commander of Space Station Bravo
- Lieutenant Commander Robin Lefler
- Doctor Selar
- Zak Kebron, Security chief and counselor.
- Soleta, Vulcan
- Si Cwan, Thallonian
- Kallinda Cwan
- Captain Kat Mueller, commander of USS Trident.
- Ambassador Spock
- Praetor Hiren
- Commander Desma
- Morgan Primus
- Mick Gold
- Romeo Takahashi
- Ensign Penelope Halliwell
- Burgoyne 172
- Space Station Bravo
- Space station commanded by Admiral Shelby, in sector 221.
- USS Trident (NCC-31347)
- Federation starship.
- Respler IV-A
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