Her mother's secret poisoned her.
Her secret may kill her.
Her world is dying, poisoned and ravaged by war, and there's only one way to survive. Sixteen-year-old Valora steps up to lead her people in an evacuation, scattering them among the stars in a desperate hope to preserve Zerian life. Before she escapes, her father advises her, "Remember your training...there is no peace." His graduation gift, a locket from her mother who died under mysterious circumstances, carries secrets that can enlighten and kill.
The new world where they seek refuge-a place that harbors a powerful and mysterious energy, and native lifeforms that are far from welcoming-proves to be no less treacherous. But Valora soon realizes that the greatest danger her people will face is the one they brought with them and closer than she ever imagined.
Torn between love and duty, Valora must make heartbreaking sacrifices in order to save not only the lives but the souls of her people.