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Part of Peter David's Star Trek: New Frontier series of novels released by Pocket Books. First part of a three book story arc.

Summary Edit

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.

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Si Cwan and Robin Lefler are married and living on New Thallon. Dr. Selar and Burgoyne's son Xy has finished medical school and is the Excalibur science officer.

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.

Background information Edit

Characters Edit

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.

Main Edit

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.

Other Edit

References Edit

Space Station Bravo 
Space station commanded by Admiral Shelby, in sector 221.
USS Excalibur (NCC-26517-A) 
Galaxy-class Federation starship.
USS Trident (NCC-31347) 
Federation starship.
Respler IV-A

Chronology Edit

External link Edit

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Stone and Anvil Star Trek: New Frontier Missing in Action

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