The Starship Enterprise NX-01 is Earth's flagship - the first vessel to embark on a sytematic exploration of what lies beyond the fringes of known space. Led by Captain Jonathan Archer, eighty of Starfleet's best and brightest set forth to pave humanity's way to the stars. Tempered by a year of interstellar exploration, the crew has become a disciplined, cohesive, unit. And now, for the first time, they have lost one of their number.
Bad enough that Ensign Alana Hart is dead. Worse, she died while attempting to sabotage the ship, killed by her nominal superior, armory officer Lieutenant Malcolm Reed. Even as they deal with the circumstances of her death, Archer, Reed and the rest of the crew find themselves caught squarely in the middle of another tense situation - a brutal war between two alien civilizations.
But in the Alpha System nothing is what it seems. And before he can discover the secret behind what happened to Ensign Hart, Reed is forced once more to confront the reality of death.
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