This takes place in the "new" Star Trek Universe, filling in James Kirk's years at Starfleet Academy, a few scenes of which were glimpsed in the recent movie. It's finals week at the end of the first year and charges are brought against Kirk. Are they true? And Kirk is blamed for the near death of young wunderkind Pavel Chekov, who is almost drowned in his room. Yet Kirk is having blackouts and can't account for his whereabouts. Is he guilty or are his memories being messed with? And why?
With friends Bones and Uhura, along with an odd Vulcan woman who embraces emotion, Kirk tries to get to the bottom of this. Let's just say it has to do with the mysterious Romulans--and Kirk's new girlfriend may not be a Vulcan after all...
What I like about this book is that it has the same feel as the movie--and also touches upon themes that were in the previous Star Trek series, such as the Vulcan/Romulan Reunification Movement, which was first in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
If you're a Trekkie you'll love these books. They are quick enjoyable reads and pay homage to all that has gone before them.