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Pax Galactica. Enemies become allies. Old secrets are at last revealed. Long-held beliefs and widely accepted truths are challenged. Man turns to leisurely pursuits.
In this golden age, two old friends are drawn together. They seek to understand, and wonder how what they have long believed, what they have been taught was never so.
Over two hundred years ago, the life of one of Starfleet's earliest pioneers came to a tragic end, and Captain Jonathan Archer, the legendary commander of Earth's first warp five starship, lost a close friend. Or so it seemed for many years. But with the passage of time, and the declassification of certain crucial files, the truth about that fateful day – the day that Commander Charles "Trip" Tucker III didn't die – could finally be revealed.
Why did Starfleet feel it was necessary to rewrite history? And why only now can the truth be told?



Early 25th century, Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana
Nog arrives at Jake Sisko's house in Louisiana on a rainy night during hurricane season. Jake opens up a bottle of wine and they catch up on what has happened during the time they haven't spoken. Nog reveals that as he was researching 22nd century warp mechanics, he began looking through recently declassified files and came upon some files that contradict what has been told to everyone: that events that Federation citizens were told happened in 2161 actually happened in 2155 and that they are somehow related to Section 31. He also says he's seen part of it, much to Jake's chagrin. He also says, from what he's seen, that it may change everything they've been told about the founding of the Federation. Nog then gives the data chips to Jake and they start them.

Chapter OneEdit

Day Five, Month of Tasmeen, Unroth III, Romulan space
Doctor Ehrehin I'Ramnau Tr'Avrak is waiting to see the test of the avaihh lli vastam – the warp seven stardrive. His assistant, Cunaehr, informs him that they are ready to begin the test with some of the admiralty watching overhead in a Romulan Bird-of-Prey. The test begins without fault, but once they pass warp six, the containment field begins to fluctuate. As it passes warp 6.5, the field collapses, resulting in a blast and a shock wave that begins vaporizing the surrounding forest and causes the observation complex to begin collapsing. As personnel are being beamed out as Ehrehin is watching, his assistant is killed from collapsing debris, one of a rising number of dead. Before he is killed, he is transported up to the orbiting Bird-of-Prey.

Chapter TwoEdit

Friday, January 24, 2155, The Presidio, San Francisco
As Archer, Sato, Mayweather, Reed, and Phlox wait, Archer and Phlox discuss the events and effects of the recent Terra Prime incident. Prime Minister Nathan Samuels approaches the podium and begins the meeting and introduces the ambassadors from Andoria, Vulcan, Tellar, Coridan, and Earth, followed Samuels then begins speaking.
As Samuels concludes his ninety-minute speech, Archer speaks with his crew about the future of the Coalition of Planets, he receives a message from the Enterprise saying that the ship is ready to break orbit and head to Vulcan to retrieve the grieving Tucker and T'Pol.

Chapter ThreeEdit

Thursday, January 30, 2155, Vulcan's Forge
Tucker and T'Pol in the mostly reconstructed T'Karath Sanctuary are preparing for the funeral of their artificially created daughter, Elizabeth and they begin discussing recent events.
They then enter T'Les's chamber, the same place where they have chosen to bury Elizabeth and they begin to pray in memory when T'Pol begins crying, much to Tucker's surprise. They hug and they both cry in memory of their daughter.
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Memorable quotesEdit

"Patience. Never had much time for it. SIR."

- Captain Jonathan Archer

Background informationEdit


22nd centuryEdit

Charles Anthony "Trip" Tucker III
Former Earth Starfleet commander, chief engineer, Enterprise NX-01.
Jonathan Archer
Earth Starfleet captain, CO, Enterprise NX-01.
Earth Starfleet commander, science officer, Enterprise NX-01.
After wearing a modified civilian jumpsuit throughout the final season of Enterprise, T'Pol finally begins wearing a standard Earth Starfleet uniform.
Malcolm Reed
Earth Starfleet lieutenant, armory officer, Enterprise NX-01.
Hoshi Sato
Earth Starfleet ensign, communications officer, Enterprise NX-01.
Travis Mayweather
Earth Starfleet ensign, helmsman, Enterprise NX-01.
Denobulan medical doctor, chief medical officer, Enterprise NX-01.
Donna "D.O." O'Neill
Lieutenant, third watch commander, Enterprise NX-01.
Hravishran th'Zoarhi
Formerly of the Andorian Imperial Guard.
Curiously, this book creates a new name for Thy'lek Shran after his full name was revealed on a graphic in ENT: "In a Mirror, Darkly" and used in the novella "Age of the Empress". However, it is possible that "Thy'lek" maybe the Andorian equivalent of "captain" or some other title.
Kidnapped Aenar female, love interest of Shran.
Aenar male, bond mate of Jhamel, and two other Aenar.
Valdore i'Kaleh tr'Irrhaimehn
Romulan admiral.
Disgraced Romulan senator.
Erehin i'Ramnau tr'Avrak
Romulan warp seven scientist.
Dr. Erehin's assistant, Trip Tucker's alter ego.
Formerly Vulcan Captain Sopek, Romulan dissident leader and double agent.
Vulcan minister.
While her predecessor V'Las was referred to as administrator of the Vulcan High Command, T'Pau is referred to as "Minister", the High Command having been dissolved.
Vulcan ambassador.
Vulcan ambassador.
Vulcan ambassador.
Gregory Black
Earth Starfleet admiral.
Admiral Black appeared in the TV series as his mirror universe counterpart only, played by Gregory Itzin. It's likely this is the origin of his first name.
Sam Gardner
Earth Starfleet admiral.
George Casey
MACO general.
Fiona McKenzie
MACO sergeant.
Hideaki Chang
MACO corporal.
David McCammon
MACO corporal.
Nathan Samuels
Prime Minister of United Earth.
In Samuels' onscreen appearances, he is addressed as "Minister"; a prime minister is typically addressed as "Prime Minister" although Samuels could have recently become PM. Either that, or the normal form of address has changed.
Haroun al-Rashid
Interior Minister of United Earth.
Previously mentioned in Articles of the Federation by Keith R.A. DeCandido. That novel lists him as one of the Federation Presidents, so al-Rashid must become President sometime after Thomas Vanderbilt.
Coridanite chancellor.
Coridanite ambassador to Earth.
To explain the discrepancy between the Coridanites seen in "Shadows of P'Jem" and "Demons", Ambassador Lekev is said to be wearing an elaborate, ceremonial mask.
Gora bin Gral
Tellarite ambassador to Earth.
Anlenthoris ch'Vhendreni
Andorian ambassador to Earth.
Operative of Earth Starfleet's Section 31.
Tinh Hoc Phuong
Section 31 field operative.
Green-skinned alien pirate, hired by Section 31.
Charlie and Elaine Tucker
Parents of Trip, Elizabeth, and Albert Tucker.
Albert Edward "Bert" Tucker
Brother of Trip and Elizabeth Tucker, son of Charlie and Elaine.
Miguel "Mike" Cristiano Salazar
Husband of Albert Tucker.
Gannet Brooks
Earth reporter, Starfleet Intelligence operative.
Administrator, Adigeon Prime.
Adigeon "carver" or plastic surgeon.

25th centuryEdit

Jake Sisko
Human civilian, son of Benjamin Sisko.
Best friend of Jake Sisko, Starfleet officer.
Jake Sisko's pet cat, named for Constable Odo.


Adigeon Prime
Coridan Prime
Rigel X
Unroth III
A planet in Romulan space.
Nelvana III
Location of a secret Romulan base.

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