|Cover artist||Keith Birdsong|
|Series||Star Trek: The Original Series|
|Genre||Science fiction novel|
|1 February 1991|
|Media type||Print (Paperback)|
|ISBN||0-671-64398-3 (first edition, paperback)|
|Preceded by||Home Is the Hunter|
|Followed by||A Flag Full of Stars|
Elcidar Beta III, inhabited by the Midgwins, is a planet strategically located between the Federation and the Klingon empire. The Midgwins' refusal to embrace technological advances have left their planet devastated and their people endangered. The U.S.S. Enterprise tries to help but is hampered by a murderous force that roams its corridors seemingly at will.
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