Colonel Nick Tanner set out months ago from Earth to find the Umani, Earth's only hope for salvation. Reaching the planet known as Raxo brought revelations he still cannot wrap his head around, and now he's on his way home. Things aren't the same. Not by a long shot.
Michael Tanner has struggled since his rescue from his lifelong prison in New Mexico to find his place in his new world. He still questions his past, his existence, and the man he is becoming. He has also found a kind of love like no other – a father's love. His childhood was nothing but pain. Can he be a good father?
Jacqueline Anderson challenges him, moves him, confuses him. She wants more from him, more than he knows how to give. She wants to understand the haunting shadows behind his eyes… wants to understand the scars that mark his body.
The battle to survive comes to a crescendo, and Michael will finally discover the man he is meant to be. The enemy is now clear, and there is no turning back. It's time to take back Earth. There is no other choice.