The year is 2293. After decades of civil war and revolt, the Terran Directorate, a political body that has ruled over the human race for a century and a half, has finally been overthrown. The Interstellar Alliance, a fragile but committed organization led by political idealist Jessica Freidman, now seeks to replace it. Her vision: To and bring an era freedom, prosperity, and unity back to the known universe. However, as Jessica and her band of reformers are about to learn, all accounts have not yet been settled. On all sides, there are enemies - radical isolationists, members of the old order, and what remains of the enemy fleet - who seek to block Freidman's vision by any means necessary. Meanwhile, at home beneath the Tycho colony a new and startling discovery has been made which may threaten the existence of the human race itself. With all the revolutions that have been threatening mankind's existence, it appears that evolution could be posing a threat of its own. Only time will tell if the dreams for a new era will endure, or fall all to pieces.