"Chandron system is about to become the focus of empires," John said. "Your way of life will not last. War will come here. I am bound by duty, and now friendship, to do all I can. It will be dangerous, extremely dangerous. It may be that none of us will survive."The discovery of ancient artifacts, accessed through the Chandron system, has attracted the unwanted attention of inscrutable alien minds. John Neider, castaway hero of the ITC, along with the Marshall family, will stand in the gap, while the future of humanity hangs in the balance.