(written from a Production point of view)
For a race of slaves, the USS Enterprise-D is all that stands between freedom and destruction.
- From the book jacket
- Answering a distress call, the USS Enterprise-D finds a damaged Velman vessel called the Freedom. Jared, their captain, asks for assistance in repairing his ship, assistance Captain Picard and the Enterprise are only too happy to provide. Their relief efforts are interrupted by the arrival of an entire fleet from Vemla who claim that Jared and his crew are escaped slaves.
- As Jared and his people plea for protection and the right to be free, Captain Picard is caught between the demands of his conscience and the dictates of the Prime Directive. And when the Vemlan fleet threatens to fight if the Enterprise doesn't stand aside, Picard must choose between the safety of his ship... and the annihilation of an entire race.
"I have learned that politeness and manners, when practiced universally, alter the behavior of both the practitioner and the recipient in a favorable manner."
- - Data
"If you going to kill a man anyway, it costs nothing to be polite."
- - Data, quoting Winston Churchill
"The truth is, Commander, that I really don't like violence. I just happen to be very good at it."
- - Force Commander Sawliru, to Data
- This is the only Star Trek novel written by T.L. Mancour.
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