(written from a Production point of view)
When communications are cut off from a remote archaeological outpost, the crew of the Enterprise is sent to investigate, only to discover a ravaged outpost, a dying scientist, and a mystery involving a legendary object of power.
- From the book cover
- The Devil's Heart is a legendary object of unsurpassed power and mystery. Worlds that believe in magic consider it Darkness's mightiest talisman; and worlds of science consider it a lost artifact of some ancient and forgotten race. Some say the Heart enables its possessor to control people's minds and to amass wealth enough for a dozen lifetimes, while others think it capable of raising the dead, perhaps even changing the flow of time itself. But to all, the location of this fabled object has remained a mystery, until now.
- An isolated archaeological outpost has suddenly stopped responding to repeated requests for information. Sent to discover why, the USS Enterprise crew finds a devastated outpost and a dying scientist, whose last words fall on disbelieving ears: the Devil's Heart has been found. As the quest for the Heart unfolds, Captain Jean-Luc Picard discovers that beyond all the legends and age-old secrets lies an awful truth: whoever holds the Devil's Heart possesses power beyond imagining.
The USS Enterprise-D is on its way to a maintenance overlay at Luxor IV when they are called to an archeological dig at Atropos to take T'Sara – an elderly Vulcan female believed to be suffering from Bendii Syndrome – back home to Vulcan. The crew arrives at the planet to find almost the entire archaeological team dead, and only T'Sara left alive.
Soon Captain Picard learns that T'Sara had found the "Devil's Heart" – a stone of immense power that had shaped many Alpha Quadrant civilizations, including the Klingons, Andorians, Vulcans, Romulans, Tkon, and Iconians. Others also learn of T'Sara's discovery, and race to claim the Heart.
After Data attempts to analyze the stone, which raises more questions than answers, Picard keeps the Heart with him. The Heart tells Picard of its journeys by sending him the stories as dreams. The crew becomes more and more concerned about Picard's behavior, while others intent on regaining the Heart chase the Enterprise down. Picard becomes convinced that the stone has a mission to fulfill, and knows that if the Heart doesn't complete its mission, the Alpha Quadrant would face dire consequences.
"The blood never stops flowing."
- - T'Sara
"It's just so... drab. With all that's been said and written about it, I expected, I don't know..."
"A faceted ruby the size of a watermelon?"
- - Dr. Beverly Crusher and Captain Picard
"Captain, trust my objectivity, to my lack of emotion, when I tell you that the Heart is more of a danger to us than any attacking fleet. Give it up now, while you still can. If you rely on its power to protect us, we will be destroyed."
- The audiobook version was abridged by George Truett.
- Jean-Luc Picard
- William T. Riker
- Beverly Crusher
- An older Vulcan. She found the Devil's Heart.
- Devil's Heart
- A stone of immense power that had shaped many Alpha Quadrant civilizations, including the Klingons, Andorians, Vulcans, Romulans, Tkon, and Iconians.
- Guardian of Forever
- The Best of Both Worlds, Part II (episode)
- Under the influence of the Heart, Picard re-lives his winning the Starfleet Academy marathon (the only freshman cadet to ever do so), a story told by his old friend, Admiral J.P. Hanson
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