One of the curiosities of Star Trek is that it asserts Jean-Luc Picard to be fifty-nine years of age when he is promoted to captain of the Enterprise-D. Significantly older than Patrick Stewart was at the time of filming, though the inimitable actor certainly carried off the role well. What this meant for the literary canon is that there was a significant amount of backstory to develop. A large portion of that life was chronicled in Christopher L. Bennett’s The Buried Age, a book which built heavily on the work established by Michael Jan Friedman in his six-volume Stargazer series. It is the first Stargazer novel, Gauntlet, that brings us here today.