Unbeknown to Saint-Germain is the knowledge that the cold and dark has been caused by a volcanic eruption on Krakatoa, the side effects of which will last for years. Saint-Germain and Roger decide to journey to Saint-Germain's homeland of Transylvania for sanctuary. But their journey will take a long time and people are suspicious of foreigners and troubled by famine.
This is good, a fascinating look at a troubled time. But the stock trope of Saint-Germain trusting the wrong person plays out yet again.
In an unsubtle allegory to real life events, a moderate Romulan government comes to power and extends an olive branch to the Federation. A diplomatic conference/cultural exchange takes place in the neutral zone. But as the conference begins the probe continues its wandering, this time into Romulan space.
This is a tale of trust, music and archeology. It's good and there's a reference to the Borg (they're not named of course). Apparently Bonanno disowned this novel as it was rewritten by someone else due to publisher conflicts. Plus she titled the book 'The Music of the Spheres' which sounds much cooler. Still issues aside I enjoyed this book, it is far superior to another 1993 Trek novel: the overwritten woman hating 'Imzadi'.