Kirk is wallowing in his self-pity over not being in command of a starship. His arch nemesis from the academy has just been promoted to Chief of Operations which leads Kirk to quit Starfleet.
At the announcement ceremony, Kirk notices a mysterious woman who is part Klingon, part Romulan. Their paths connect again during a daring attack in Kirk's apartment.
The woman, Teilani, begs Kirk to help her protect her planet from attack. Her planet which boasts eternal youth needs protection from a 65 year old man?
Shatner had help in writing this book - as he does in the following Trek books - from Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens. They know how to write popcorn novels.
While these books fit in as a sort of apocryphal storyline, they are quite enjoyable for the Trek fans.
You get to see some of the original crew back in action as old fellas and teaming up with The Next Generation crew.
You also see how Shatner used this book to reach out to fellow Trekian, Jimmy Doohan (Scotty) and ask for forgiveness for the way their relationship fell apart.
This book did so well commercially that Shatner and his team were asked to write additional Kirk/Picard novels.