Bold new space, and an enemy not seen in a long time - all have one thing in common, Michael Burnham. First Officer to Captain Georgia Phillipa serving aboard the USS Shenzhou, she investigates a strange beacon on an away mission. Triggering alarms, she summons its torchbearer, accidentally starting a series of events no one saw coming. The War with the Klingons has begun, and the starfleet ship is destroyed. Later, its up to USS Discovery to pick up the pieces or perish with Starfleet.