The Tears of the Singers by Melinda Snodgrass

Captain Kirk and the U.S.S. Enterprise join the Klingons to avert disaster in the Taygeta V system, where a time/space warp has swallowed a spaceship without a trace. Spock suspects a link between the anomaly and the inhabitants of Taygeta, semi-aquatic creatures killed for the jewel-like tears secreted at the moment of death. But a mutinous Klingon officer threatens the vital mission, as a desperate Kirk and Spock race to save the Taygetians, the Federation, and the entire universe.

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