When a Federation world suffers a planet-wide blackout, it's the S.C.E. to the rescue. While Commander Gomez and her crack team of engineers work to help keep the planet from falling into chaos, the ship's linguist, Bart Faulwell, is given a special assignment: find the Asarion linguist named Jewlan -- who triggered the blackout with what appears to be a weapon in an archaeological dig.
The Asarion people have a unique biology that causes random shifts from male to female. Faulwell's friendship with Jewlan, and her crush on him, is a minor diversion, at first, especially given the struggles Faulwell is having with his own relationship. But when Jewlan becomes Jolen, Faulwell finds himself with more than one difficult decision -- especially when the power outage worsens and threatens to destroy not only Asario, but the da Vinci as well!
PHAEDRA M. WELDON has loved Star Trek since watching The Original Series reruns with her dad, and regrets he didn't live long enough to see the new Star Trek movie. The thrill of writing in the Star Trek Universe was a life long dream, realized when she met Dean Wesley Smith in 1997 and learned of the Star Trek Strange New Worlds Anthology. Since then, she has published two Starfleet Corps of Engineers ebooks, as well as book II, The Oppreessor's Wrong, in The Next Generation series, Sings and Arrows. She has had numerous short stories published with Daw Anthologies, and writes regularly for Catalyst Game Labs in their BattleTech and Shadowrun universes. Currently she is writing for Berkley in her Urban Fantasy original series, The Zoë Martinique Investigations. She was recently tapped to write a novel for the show Eureka! and is working on several other original projects. Presently she lives in Atlanta, Georgia, but will be moving to Maryland to be with her geneticist husband and precocious daughter. She can be found online most mornings at 7 a.m., writing her daily pages in original work, and at night pounding the keyboards for original universes. If there is one thing she's learned , it's that there are three constants in the universe: Death, Taxes, and Star Trek.