With the unveiling underway, Nerishka is sent Azela where she must trace the source of a bizzare biomod trade.
Tanis, Joe, and the Intrepid have left Sol behind, but for trillions of humans, it is still home.
And it's still falling apart.
The Scattered Disk Alliance government has toed the line after their disastrous attempt to secede ten years ago. But that hasn’t stopped the rebels from spreading dissent throughout the Sol System.
And that dissent has found a home: Venus.
Now Williams and the 242nd Marines have been sent back to the planet to put down the rebellion and root out its leaders. Something easier said than done.
With the Nietzscheans closing in once more, Rika must find a way to drive them back and strike at the heart of the empire.
Diana has asked the impossible, but Petra has given her life to the empress, and must obey.