With the end of the Zon War, the worlds of the Laima System are finally at peace. High Prince Aden Cade has married High Princess Sia Selarney; Earth Alliance Officer Abby Watanabe is leading a team of archaeologists on Seti; and the enigmatic taal have emerged from the shadows. However, lasting peace proves elusive when a terrorist attack sets Kealt and Ardala against each other and they again gird for war.
Now hunted fugitives, Aden and Abby desperately search for answers. Clues are scarce, but suspects abound as they fight to uncover the truth. As the puzzle comes together an unseen force appears to be helping them —or is it? With the destruction of the solar system imminent, Aden reveals a secret that could save it, but only if he and Abby can unlock it in time!