Orrcen Forge is a man in danger. His understanding of faster-than-light travel makes him the single most important person on the Earth and the homeworld's last great opportunity to be reunited with its far-flung colonies. Forge must now face the darkness of the Catacombs, the growing threat of the Lockarth menace, and the sinister machinations of the entities of the Power.
In the 800 years since the homeworld was lost, the Earth has fallen into decay. Factions wage war, both secret and open, to control the treasures and mysteries of the planet. Now, a single survivor arrives on the planet with knowledge that could allow travel to and from the Earth once more. It is a ssecret that many will kill to possess. And which many others will kill to destroy.