The Gedri System is at war with Silstrand. As the Alliance reels, Scipio readies its forces, smelling blood in the water.
Meanwhile, Kylie awakens aboard a warship captained by her brother. Her family, the peaceful, low-tech Rhoads, have changed. Establishing a line of pure humans is all they care about. Her father, the preacher, is set to rain armageddon down on any system that opposes him. His first stop? Silstrand.
Kylie is on a collision course with destiny; to either save her family or avert a war that would cost Silstrand billions of lives. With a new ally and a battle-ready AI, Kylie sets out to stop her father's war machine before it destroys the worlds she calls home.
Even if an unlikely ally who once traveled the silver strand arrives to help, it won't stop the war, it will only make it worse.
Kylie Rhoads risked life and limb to rescue a girl, thrusting the Dauntless and its crew in the middle of an interstellar tug of war. Now, running from Silstrand Alliance, the Gedri Freedom Federation, and The Black Crow, Kylie fights against the very thing she set out to save.
Advanced nano-technology is slowly changing her body and rewriting her brain - a process she may not survive. The nanotech is priceless, and some people - maybe even some in her crew - would kill to sell her out.
But before Kylie goes down in a blaze of glory, she'll risk it all one more time to do the one thing she promised to do: find Nadine and free her from the bounty hunter who's holding her prisoner.
What Kylie doesn't know is that she has more enemies than she ever imagined, and their number is growing daily. Every one of them will do whatever it takes to ensure the others don't gain her advanced nanotech.
Even if it means all out war.