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The Defiant continues its voyage of the Gamma Quadrant, while a lasting peace between the Bajorans and the Cardassians moves closer.


From the book jacket
The political intrigue aboard Deep Space 9 escalates when Gul Macet's warship arrives at the station with an unexpected passenger. Cardassian Ambassador Natima Lang has returned to the station on a mission of hope, but it's one that will bring back old wounds and old ghosts. As tensions rise on all sides, Colonel Kira Nerys discovers that the line between friend and foe is narrower than she ever imagined.
Elsewhere, the crew of the damaged Starship Defiant forges an uneasy alliance with an unusual alien species – one whose unique biological makeup is the key to the balance of power in that region of the Gamma Quadrant. As the crew becomes ensnared in a web of deceit, Lieutenant Ezri Dax and Ensign Thirishar ch'Thane struggle to stave off a genocidal civil war.

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During its continued mission in the Gamma Quadrant, the USS Defiant becomes ensnared in the sensor webbing of the Cheka. As nanobots invade the ship, causing systems to fail and consoles to explode, an alien vessel arrives, and a new contact is made.

Back on Deep Space 9, Colonel Kira Nerys is disturbed by a message from Gul Macet of the Cardassian vessel Trager. Macet is bringing Ambassador Natima Lang to the station, and they want a meeting with First Minister Shakaar. Shortly after receiving Macet's message, Kira finds Lieutenant Ro Laren examining religious artifacts outside her quarters. The station's chief of security suspects some sort of religious uprising, and Kira believes it could be related to a schism forming in the Vedek Assembly, something that has been brewing since her Attainder.

As Commander Vaughn and Lieutenant Nog work to make a defense against the nanobots, Lieutenant Ezri Dax works with the Yrythny to end the dispute between the Houseborn and the Wanderers of their society and Ensign Thirishar ch'Thane searches for the secret of their genetic code in hopes of saving his own people. He ultimately succeeds in discovering genetic reasons for a unification of the Houseborn and the Wanderers.

On the station, an exhibit of late Tora Ziyal's artwork serves as a message from a victim of war to bring hope of a new peace between the Bajorans and the Cardassians; however, peace talks are all of a sudden suspended, and while Kira first thinks that this is all minister Asarem Wadeen's work, she is shocked to find out that Shakaar Edon, current Bajoran prime minister, is behind it. After the suspension, the crew of the stations is shocked after tragic loss is discovered – Thriss, having no news from Shar and thus assuming that he would never come home, has committed suicide.

While on Bajor and visiting Kasidy Yates, Kira is surprised to witness a visit of Vedek Yevir – who, after discovering a B'hala figurine, develops a new inspiration for his future.

Background informationEdit

  • The second novel in the Mission Gamma series.
  • Thriss had a very close relationship to Shar, closer than to any of the other two bondmates – something which is unusual and considered unacceptable in Andorian culture.
  • Kira's upload of the old texts (see Avatar, Book Two) apparently had impact on some people, who are not followers of the Vedeks and the traditional Bajoran faith any more.
  • Andor is listed on the title page as the location of one of Pocket Books' offices.
  • Cover art was done by Cliff Nielsen.


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 Mission Gamma characters.

Regular and recurring charactersEdit

Elias Vaughn 
Starfleet commander, the CO of Defiant.
Kira Nerys 
Colonel, CO of Deep Space 9
Shakaar Edon 
Prime minister of Bajor
Admiral Akaar 
Starfleet Admiral
Charivretha zh'Thane 
Andorian member of the Federation council, zhavey (mother) of Thirishar
Thirishar ch'Thane 
Ensign aboard DS9 and the Defiant
Prynn Tenmei 
Ensign aboard DS9, daughter of Elias Vaughn
Chief engineer on DS9
Kasidy Yates 
Wife of the Emissary of the Prophets
An Orion dabo girl (see Demons of Air and Darkness)
A dabo boy
Ro Laren 
Chief of Security on DS9
Julian Bashir 
Chief medical officer on DS9
Ezri Dax 
Second in command on the Defiant
Sam Bowers 
Tactical ops
Gul Macet 
Captain of the Trager
Natima Lang 
Cardassian ambassador
Asarem Wadeen 
Bajoran minister


18th century; 2370s; Alpha Quadrant; Andoria; Andorian; Bajor; Bajoran; Cardassia; Cardassian; Casperia Prime; Deep Space 9; Dominion; Ferengi; Gamma Quadrant; Khitomer Accords; Krem; United Federation of Planets; Vedek Assembly

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