Chaz Pettigrew and the crew of the space cruiser Tempest are ordered to a distant star system to meet with representatives of a mysterious alien race. Pettigrew’s mission: determine if the aliens are potential allies or a foretold enemy.
As Tempest departs on its yearlong journey, government operative Frank Carr tackles a sensitive assignment while Etta Sanchez is drawn into a murder investigation. In time, all of these events seem destined to shape the future of Sarissan leader Renata Darracott and her quest for political triumph—and personal survival.
Aliens and war; espionage and intrigue. The stakes have never been higher for the people of planet Sarissa and the future of humankind.