|Series||Star Trek: The Original Series|
|Genre||Science fiction novel|
|Media type||Print (paperback)|
|ISBN||0-671-65667-8 (first edition, paperback)|
|LC Class||CPB Box no. 1759 vol. 12|
|Preceded by||The Final Nexus|
|Followed by||Double, Double|
The novel focuses on a young Spock, a conflicted ensign, serving on the Starship Enterprise under Captain Christopher Pike. Spock is having a difficult time dealing with his Vulcan heritage and how it conflicts with his duties as an officer and what he wants personally.
Spock soon becomes involved in a mission to retrieve the 'Vulcan's Glory', a priceless gem long thought lost in a spaceship crash. It is soon discovered there is far more to this mission then readily apparent.
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