Half-human, half Vulcan. Cold and logical, yet brimming with emotion just below the surface. Spock has long been both an icon and an enigma for many people--a role model, a puzzle, even a sex symbol. Much is known about his exploits as a member of the Enterprise crew under the famous Captain James T. Kirk, but how did he get there? What events conspired to bring him to a position of such esteem? Here and now, witness the origin story of a legend. Rejecting the desires of his instructors, his elders, and his own father, young Spock declines entry to the prestigious Vulcan Science Academy to pursue his own path in Starfleet--the peacekeeping exploratory armada of the United Federation of Planets, dedicated to seeking out new life and maintaining order in the galaxy. He starts a new life at Starfleet Academy, befriending fellow cadets Elwood Anders and Leila Kalomi--the latter of whom harbors a desperate crush on the unavailable, unattainable Spock. But it's not all fun and games. Prejudices both old and new raise their ugly heads, and Spock is once again plunged into a valley of emotional turmoil and personal pain, leading him to form a new bond with the man selected as his mentor--Christopher Pike. Thus beings a decades-long relationship of dedication rivaling even Spock's tenure of service with a certain hotshot Starfleet captain. When Pike offers Spock and his friends a chance to embark on a training mission aboard the Enterprise--the Federation's newest flagship--they naturally jump at the opportunity. But the universe is vast, and home to more darkness and terrors than anyone an imagine, leading to a final showdown in deep space within a battered starship that could change the course of Spock's destiny forever.