Betrayal! The Rask have launched a surprise attack against their former allies, plunging the territories of Borealis into a bloody war. The tyrannical Matriarch deploys her pirate legions to seize control of the planet’s trade routes, while a UNN Assault Carrier lands a battalion of armored vehicles on its surface to restore order. The Coalition forces must drive across the Dune Sea, thousands of kilometers of inhospitable desert, fighting off the Rask army as they go.
When a council meeting on the Pinwheel is interrupted by an assassination attempt, Security Chief Moralez is given seventy-two hours to unmask the culprit, all while under the watchful eye of two mysterious intelligence operatives with an unknown agenda. The suspects range from hostile aliens to shady special forces operatives, even elements of his own government are not above suspicion. Only by piecing together the clues can he uncover who carried out the attack, and why.
An advisor to the Coalition Security Council travels to an uncharted territory of Borealis in order to evaluate its inhabitants for admission into the alliance, but what he finds there goes far beyond the scope of his assignment.
When Miller meets a Polar Borealan named Kofe, she takes an immediate liking to him. After the surly engineer rejects her advances, the giant alien makes it her mission to change his mind, using every dirty trick at her disposal.
When a survey vessel stumbles upon an undiscovered Earth-like planet, the UNN scrambles to lay claim to it. Unfortunately, a Betelgeusian hive fleet also has its eyes on the rare prize.
James is new to the Pinwheel, and the first place he finds himself is the bar, where he meets a friendly Borealan named Datz. As he gets to know the rowdy alien, they’re interrupted by her acquaintance, a Polar Borealan named Railha who seems intent on showing Datz up. James soon finds himself moderating a drinking competition between the two rival species.
Raz travels to Earth with Stanley to visit the farm where he grew up, and to meet his parents, but how will they react to his giant alien companion?
When Schaffer uncovers a network of black markets and corruption in the heart of the Pinwheel, he is made to disappear, exiled to a remote and inhospitable region of Borealis where he is expected to die of exposure. A fight for survival begins as he braves the dangers of an alien environment and attempts to restore power to an abandoned listening post, but his true salvation may lie in the planet’s mysterious natives.
Moralez is horribly maimed when a recon mission in the Kruger system goes badly wrong, costing him both his limbs and his pride. His only hope for recovery lies in Kaisha, an alien doctor on the notorious Pinwheel station. With her help, he might be able to heal his body and his mind, but only if he can overcome his mistrust of her people.
Ethan lands his dream job when he accepts the position of facility manager at an old, run-down high-rise building in the heart of Manhattan, but he’s ill-prepared for the supernatural dangers that await him.