The greatest threat to the Federation was wiped out in one thought by the Caeliar. Starfleet needs to know if Caeliar are gone—so they send out the crew who can find answers in the Delta Quadrant-Voyager.
Freed with a thought, the greatest menace to humanity, the Borg, are gone, absorbed into the Caeliar gestalt. But are they? Can this deadly menace that has hovered over humanity for decades truly be gone? Might some shadow of the Caeliar remain? The Federation decides that they have to know, and Starfleet is ordered to find out.
The Starship Voyager leads a fleet into a region of space that has lived in fear of instant annihilation for generations: the Delta quadrant, home of the Borg. Afsarah Eden—the new captain of Voyager—is charged with getting answers, to reach out to possible allies and resolve old enmities in the Delta quadrant.
The perfection that was given to the Borg was withheld from Seven of Nine. Left behind, she is living a twilight existence—neither Borg nor human—and slowly going mad. The whispers of the Collective, comforting murmurs she has always known, are replaced with a voice deep within her that keeps insisting she is Annika Hansen. Chakotay, the former captain of Voyager, offers to help Seven rendezvous with the ships that Starfleet Command has sent into the Delta quadrant, the probable destination of the mysterious Caeliar.
These are not the friendly stars of the Federation; the unknown and the unexpected are the everyday.
Kirsten Beyer is the New York Times bestselling author of ten Star Trek: Voyager novels, including String Theory: Fusion,Full Circle, Unworthy, Children of the Storm, The Eternal Tide, Protectors, Acts of Contrition, Atonement, A Pocket Full of Lies, and Architects of Infinity. She wrote the Buffy the Vampire Slayer novel, One Thing or Your Mother, and the Alias novel Once Lost. In 2016, she joined the writing staff of the CBS All Access series Star Trek:Discovery. In 2017, she pitched the premise for a new series centered around one of Star Trek’s most beloved captains, Jean-Luc Picard, and became one of show’s cocreators. In addition to her writing and producing responsibilities, Kirsten also serves as the resident Star Trek canon resource for the writer’s rooms and production departments, as well as the liaison between the series and the tie-in licensors. Kirsten received undergraduate degrees in English Literature and Theater Arts from Loyola Marymount University and an MFA degree from UCLA. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, actor and composer David Permenter, and their daughter.