Escaping the enemy-infested mine on Lauren with his wife Kit/Yani and Sky, Turtan flies toward the First Station where he graduated four thousand years before. Using Radiants, intelligent submicroorganisms in his brain, he hopes to train cadets to defeat the Cen and ultimately win the war. On the way to achieving this goal, however, he encounters serious problems.
First, after passing through Atlas, a black hole, they enter a new or unknown part of the universe with no clear way back.
When they do manage to reach the First Station, Turtan not only finds love and adoration, but a cruel killer.
And everywhere he finds dark secrets, betrayal, and worst of all . . .
FAILURE as again and again his efforts to train cadets result in tragedy. It seems there is no hope for humanity and we are doomed. Can’t anything save us at all?