Mr. Spock, the unshakable Mr. Spock. The Enterprise is on a mission to search a new planet. Spock gets attacked by this 'tree' and is quickly transported to sickbay. Kirk and some other members get stuck on the planet. Scotty is given direct orders to go to a different planet. Spock is sick, yet takes control of the Enterprise. Meanwhile the planet they are racing to is being used as slave labor to collect minerals. Spock has frequent flashbacks to his adventures on Pike's Enterprise. When they reach the planet, it is an old enemy. Spock in his weaken state, accepts a challenge. Dreen, will chase him down, and not hurt the colonists. This is an excellent book, Spock in his weaken position rises to the occasion. I wich there was more to the story, maybe more about Spock. Yet, as Star Trek books go, this is a keeper.