Before the Starship Enterprise, Captain Jean-Luc Picard led another proud vessel through the uncharted regions of the galaxy: the U.S.S. Stargazer. Thrust unexpectedly into the center seat, the twenty-eight-year-old Picard must live up to the challenges of starship command.
As Picard's second officer, Victoria Wu, is left in command of the Stargazer, she receives a distress call from a nearby star system. Wu then quickly finds herself in the middle of a mystery involving a damaged ship and a peculiar interstellar phenomenon––one that threatens to destroy the Stargazer.
Identical twins Gerda and Idun Asmund were raised as Klingon warriors. Now a helm office and a navigator, their bond is tested when a transporter mishap deposits a mysterious visitor on the Stargazer––a beautiful woman from another universe who resembles Gerda and Idun as closely as they resemble each other.
In 1893 a time-traveling Picard encountered a long-lived alien named Guinan. Five centuries later, as now commander of the Starship Enterprise, he has brought Guinan aboard in the hopes that her wisdom would provide a moral grounding for Picard's crew. But Guinan very different from the woman we think we know––a person wracked by pain and longing, shaken to the roots of her soul.
Without warning, a Starfleet ship is overwhelmed by a mysterious, alien aggressor––one who appears to possess an intimate knowledge of the vessel's tactical technology. Twenty-eight-year-old Jean-Luc Picard, captain of the U.S.S. Stargazer is ordered to help form a desperate line of defense against the aggressor. But it seems nothing can stop the aliens' headlong plunge into the heart of the Federation.
Ensign Andreas Nikolas, heartsick over the loss of his Mirror Universe lover, has resigned his post on the Stargazer, to seek a home, and a new life, on the freighter Iktoj'ni. And that's what he gets––until the Iktoj'ni is taken over by a monstrous alien with unbelievable powers and a disdain for all forms of life.
Jean-Luc Picard. His name has gone down in legend as captain U.S.S. Stargazer. But the nine years of his life leading up to the inaugural mission of the U.S.S. Enterprise to Farpoint Station have remained a mystery––until now, as Picard's lost era is finally unearthed.