This has been the only novel in this series to catch me off guard, and I loved it.
This book is the second part of a developing story on a young Federation world where the native population has been drugged by a natural element to the planet. This gas also shaved years off of each generation. In an attempt to solve this problem, Starfleet Medical releases an outbreak of violence threatening to tear the planet apart.
In the truest Star Trek fashion, the grand medical tea of the Enterprise comes to the rescue with a cure. But in a way only The Next Generation can do, they argue the morality of this cure and force the Picard into deciding the fate of this world.
In the second plot line, the Rikers-Will and Kyle-struggle to bring an end to the violence in their own way. They find the initial victim of Starfleet's error and try to return him to the medics to help bring about a cure. I will not spoil the story for you but this is the plot line that is most like a red herring. I was shocked at the resolution. I loved every word but felt my emotions yanked perpendicular to where I was headed.
This story is does include the proposal of marriage and the offer of the Titan to Riker. There was no surprise with either of these two. But this is not the final section of this book and this little footnote to the story, the finale, bring about more questions.