I was not much into season one of Star Trek: Picard, and what little I’ve seen thus far of season two hasn’t won me over much either. One of the things that hasn’t worked for me has been the character of Raffi; she’s fine as part of the ensemble, but the episode of the first season that focused on her was absurdly melodramatic and poorly written. There have been some good Picard novels, however, and I in particular think that Una McCormack is an excellent author with a great grasp on character. So after some early positive reviews, I went ahead and picked this novel up. It helps bridge the gap between seasons one and two of Picard, focusing in particular on Raffi and Elnor.