During an interspecies war,Tara Fye is given control of spaceship Yolk 3. She ordered to activate the Earth's final defence system against the enemy of hexapods, six limb insect species and their allies, electronic entities. The planet is sealed both physically and electronically by an artificial bubble. No spaceships can land or leave Earth. As well, no audio or visual transmissions can penetrate the bubble from either direction.
Yolk 3 is designed to maintain human life until another world is found to save humans from extinction as an intelligent life force. She is ordered to make this journey.
Tara finds several sinister facts about her superiors, including having a computer implant installed unknowingly in her mind and that the outer pods encircling Yolk 3 contain hundreds of humans in deep frozen hibernation. They include many young women who have been impregnated without their knowledge in the hope that future generations would survive, even if Earth becomes extinct.
Tara and her crew are alone but the enemy still lurks out there ready to annihilate them. Someone or something is communicating with the enemy from Yolk 3 and they are being followed.
Where is the pre-programmed course taking them and who are the extraterrestrial humans they rescue? Why is an ancient space station important and how can the space-time continuum that causes hundred of years to pass in real time because of their speed, affect the final outcome of their solar search?
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About the Author
After a career as a teacher and principal of mainly small rural schools, Ross Richdale lives in the small university city of Palmerston North in the North Island of New Zealand where he writes contemporary novels and science fiction. He is married with three adult children and six grandchildren.
His interest in current events and international incidents serve as a backdrop for many of his novels. Ordinary people rather than the super rich super powerful or violent, are the main characters in his stories. His plots also reflect his interest in the rural lifestyle as well as the cross section of personalities encountered during his years as a teacher.