June 2009 Cover Image
- 289 Pages
- June 2009
- Pocket Books
- $7.99 U.S.
- $9.99 Canada
By: Dave Galanter
| First contact becomes an interstellar
incident when the Starship Enterprise responds to a distress call from
an unknown ship and saves the life of a man left to die by his own
people. Berlis, member of a telepathic species calling themselves
the Isitri, claims not to know why those from his homeworld want him
dead. Captain James T. Kirk wants to believe him, but the damage
is done: the Enterprise can neither leave the stranger to die nor turn
him over to those who would kill him.
Berlis seems harmless, but his people say he cannot live among them:
his telepathy is so strong that their wills are subsumed to his.
The same fear that compels the Isitri to seek the death of one of their
own drives the neighboring Odib people toward genocide. For every
time a "troublesome mind" dominates the Isitri, the Odib pay the price
in their own blood.
With Spock becoming erratic under Berlis's influence, and the Isitri
begging Kirk to allow them to destroy the man who threatens their
existence, matters take a disastrous turn when Berlis makes his way
back to Isitra . . . and an entire world falls to his whims.
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