Cat must come to terms with living in exile amongst humans, who she grew up believing to be the enemy of her kind. Xnuk Ek' is haunted by dreams of her own death. Toaq Ghashil only divulges snippets of his past when it suits him. The Arrow now has another passenger, the diminutive Pax, who has her own secrets and agenda. Travis still cannot reconcile who he was with his new life and his mental abilities are growing too fast for him to adjust. His internal turmoil threatens The Arrow, the mission and all three inhabited worlds of the Arcturus system. He also learns that the universe has bigger plans for them all.