Van Childs and Galactic Force chart a bold new course of exploration and alliance building as they prepare for the looming, and potentially humanity-ending, Arkon invasion. The latest gift from the Host, the exploratory cruiser New Horizons, provides higher levels of technology and weaponry while extending the self-contained reach of Galactic Force as they seek more friends to ally against the Arkon. However, preparations to meet the Arkon are seriously impaired by sabotage and piracy that cripple vital allied shipbuilding. Amid these problems, the Arkon unleash an unexpected and powerful attack on the allied fleet and Zarminia, both of which face complete and utter destruction. Be prepared for a wild ride, more intrigue and surprises in the longest and most action filled book of the series to date.