The first volume in the long awaited sequel of the Hostile Takeover Trilogy.

The Terran Confederacy once controlled all the planets of human space. Two centuries ago, it collapsed. In the chaos of that collapse, a small convoy of refugees left the imploding Confederacy to found a small group of colonies eighty light years beyond the furthest reach of human space.

Since their founding, those colonies have remained unknown and untouched by the rest of humanity— until an enigmatic transmission arrives from the vicinity of Xi Virginis.

Something is awakening out there. Something that will change everything.