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: Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. ItÃ¢ÂÂs a prestige posting, and Andrew is even more thrilled to be assigned to the shipÃ¢ÂÂs xenobiology laboratory, with the chance to serve on Ã¢ÂÂAway MissionsÃ¢ÂÂ alongside the starshipÃ¢ÂÂs famous senior officers. Life couldnÃ¢ÂÂt be better . . . until Andrew begins to realize that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces, (2) the shipÃ¢ÂÂs captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations, and (3) sadly, at least one low-ranked crew member is invariably killed. Unsurprisingly, the savvier members belowdecks avoid Away Missions at all costs. Then Andrew stumbles on information that completely transforms his and his colleaguesÃ¢ÂÂ understanding of what the starship Intrepid really is . . . and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives.