The 5th novel in the 'Titan' saga sees the crew return to exploration after the devastation wrecked by the 'Destiny' trilogy. But even far from home on a mission of peaceful exploration, the scars of the recent cataclysm remain. When the Titan locates a ocean planet, the crew look forward to exploration. By all rights there should be no life on this world, but a thriving sentient civilization exists. Now the Titan crew have to deal with a delicate first contact which threatens to descend into chaos as Titan's good intentions bring calamity to the ocean world.
The A plot of the ocean planet is okay but Bennett gets so invested in the technobabble and flinging fringe science at the reader that one gradually loses interest in the plot and the way the crisis is resolved is truly far fetched. Meanwhile in the B plot the heavily pregnant Troi is menaced yet again by Doctor Ree. This B plot is utterly dumb as Ree yet again gets away with attacking fellow crew members and breaking the Prime Directive, which is perfectly okay because Bennett makes it all Troi's fault. The B plot is utterly offensive and dumb.
Sadly this 5th novel can't be recommended due to excessive technobabble and dumbness.