It had been nearly five centuries since the starship Phoenix set out on its original mission—to reach a carefully selected star system and build a station there which would welcome traders and expand the human presence into a new and profitable sector of space. At the start of its journey, Phoenix had represented Earths latest and most progressive colonial commitment, drawing upon all the expertise gained from past successes. Optics had told planners where the rich stars were: robots had probed the way without any risk to human lives, and had returned with reliable navigational data and firsthand observations. What those observations had shown the prospective colonists was a rich system with a clear path to a strand of stars that promised Phoenixs crew incredible wealth as shareholders in the pioneer trading station.
But despite careful preparations, all did not go according to plan for the Phoenix and her crew.For when the ship went into hyperdrive, it came out in a completely uncharted area of space—a place with no recognizable reference coordinates, and no way home.
A mesmerizing new tale by the bestselling author of Serpents Reach. In the 300 years since humans lost the war to the alien atevi, humanity has traded advanced technology for peace and a remote island refuge. Then the sole human allowed to enter into atevi society is marked for an assassins bullet.