Shadows lurch from the toxic world that seeks new flesh to consume. The yellow orb, lost for decades and protected by the horrors of this quarantined planet, is finally within their grasp. But how did they get here? Kerriah and her companions awake with holes in their memories, and the young Tolagon is missing.
Now, the calculating Marck Queen, hidden away in an impenetrable fortress, unfolds her diabolical plot. Crushing pressure, frozen death, and the sacrifice of heroes is the only path to defeat her. As she breaks from her protocol, the Queen's protocol, the system falls into darkness. With the return of the Thraxons, bitter alliances have formed, and fate has opened its dark eyes.