The Centaurus Device is the devilish gift that just keeps giving, and everyone wants a piece of it. Heck's ex-partner makes a dramatic return from the dead and wants Heck to step outside. Heck, ready to settle old scores, is only too glad to oblige.
When Heck Thomas is attacked while trying to use the Centaurus Device, he is suddenly forced to abandon his plan to find Laylara. Barely escaping with his life and ship intact, Heck must once again live the life of an outlaw to survive as he tries to save an ungrateful System from greater disaster.