In the fourth of the thrilling A Time to… series, the untold story of what compelled longtime and trusted members of Captain Jean-Luc Picard’s crew to seemingly abandon the USS Enterprise on the cusp of an epic battle—perfect for longtime and new fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Still reeling from the disastrous events that have rocked all of Starfleet and tarnished the career of one of the Federation’s most decorated captains, Jean-Luc Picard and his crew must now endure scandal, ostracism, and an uncertain future. But despite all that has occurred, none aboard the USS Enterprise have forgotten their duty as Starfleet officers.
Assigned to assist a small colony of refugees who maintain a precarious existence on a rapidly disintegrating asteroid,Picard’s crew must somehow aid this alien race in terraforming a nearby planet into a new home for their kind. But violent acts of sabotage soon turn a humanitarian crisis into a deadly confrontation. To save the them from extinction, Picard must uncover the presence of an old adversary and prevent a catastrophic disaster.
Kevin Dilmore has teamed with author Dayton Ward for fifteen years on novels, shorter fiction, and other writings within and outside the Star Trek universe. His short stories have appeared in anthologies including Native Lands by Crazy 8 Press. By day, Kevin works as a senior writer for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Missouri. A graduate of the University of Kansas, Kevin lives in Overland Park, Kansas.
Dayton Ward is a New York Times bestselling author or coauthor of more than forty novels and novellas, often with his best friend, Kevin Dilmore. His short fiction has appeared in more than thirty anthologies, and he’s written for magazines such as the NCO Journal, Kansas City Voices, Famous Monsters of Filmland, Star Trek magazine, and Star Trek: Communicator, as well as the websites Tor.com, StarTrek.com, and Syfy.com. A native of Tampa, Florida, he currently lives with his family in Kansas City, Missouri. Visit him on the web at DaytonWard.com.