This is the third longer title somehow dealing with the Kobayashi Maru and the first which tells the story of the real events around this freighter and the no-win-situation that is related to it.
In the beginning of the formation of the Coalition of Planets that stands to StarFleet like the league of Nation to the U.N. there was a lot of bickering between all concerned and war was always only one step away: especially with the Klingons and the Romulans.
The latter have a lot of ideas how to destabilize the situation in their favor and Cpt. Archer on the ENTERPRISE, Trip as undercover-agent in the Romulan Empire and a lot of other people have a lot to do to unravel their insidious net.
In parts this book - which is quite informative and historically interesting - is a little bit slow and one tends to ask if all this information is really necessary, but all in all it is a good read with historical significance for every ST-fan.