In this the second of the "New Earth" books, Kirk continues on his mission to help establish a colony far from the edges of the Federation on a planet the would be colonists have named Belle Terre.
Since the first book the governor and the colonist have finally begun to understand that it is best to listen to Kirk. And a good thing too, since they have only been on planet a couple of weeks when Spock finds out that their moon is about to explode and destroy the planet.
Of course, Kirk comes up with a way to, maybe, save everything, but it is going to be very, very hard.
The Starship Enterprise has eembarked on its mst ambitious assignement yet: to lead a courageous band of settlers to a far-off planet to defend the fragile colony from alien threats and to unravel the enigmatic riddles of a brand-new earth