When communications were lost with the Outer-Rim worlds of sector eleven, the Inner-Sanctum believed it to be a sign of rebellion. In answer to the silence, the United Colonial Navy was ordered to assemble a small task force to investigate. The fleet would consist of the U.C.S. Independence as well as a few other heavy hitters from all over the colonies; enough to deal with whatever the sector's Planetary Guard might throw at them. The fleet arrived expecting a fight, but all they found were a number of large debris fields orbiting dead planets...and a new enemy no one could stop. They struck without warning or mercy, their motives unknown. Within just a few short weeks they had managed to decimate the United Colonies, sending our species hurtling towards the brink of extinction. Only one chance remains. What's left of mankind must find their way to safe harbor under the protection of the United Colonial Navy. It is there that the fate of man will be determined, as well as the fate of the U.C.S. Independence and all those that choose to stand with her against the coming tide.