A year (ESC) has passed since Commodore Gabriel took command of Exxar-One, and much has happened since. Amidst the ever-tenuous political and cultural relations between the Interstellar Federation and the Chrisarii Alliance, a new round of peaceMoreA year (ESC) has passed since Commodore Gabriel took command of Exxar-One, and much has happened since.
Amidst the ever-tenuous political and cultural relations between the Interstellar Federation and the Chrisarii Alliance, a new round of peace talks is set to begin. While Gabriel is pleased to be reunited with Ambassador Zar, he and his crew must also deal with two mysteries:A Ralorian man is found dead in his quarters only hours after arriving on the station.Lieutenant Commander Garrett, chief engineer, has suddenly gone missing.Brantar Varis is asked by Lieutenant Commander Navarr to assist in the investigation of the Ralorians death, and the case eventually leads JSoran back to her homeworld where she uncovers a startling revelation about her mother and her past.Garrett – half human, half Mykahrian – finds himself on an unexpected journey to the alien empire that was his fathers: the Peoples Union of Mykahr.
The identity of his captors, as well as their motives for taking him, are unknown.Thalor Grax is paid a visit by an old friend who brings news of his sisters disappearance. He embarks on a mission to the Nevala sector to find her, only to come face to face with transgressions from his past.On the other side of the Nevala sector, in the JhaDrok Emperium, Lord Emperor Erengaar Valayne has his hands full with more social and civil unrest among his people than ever before. His efforts to ease the turbulence among the member worlds, however, make him blind to the unrest that has spread to the members of his Imperial Senate.
Meanwhile, Lady Princess Vatra Inehl and her son, Jharek, make a new home for themselves on JVel Sonri. The peaceful colony is far from homeworld – and the daily strife of the royal court. But Vatra knows that distance doesnt necessarily equal safety. Erengaars motives for her arranged marriage to RDaak are still unclear.And then theres the number of patients that begin flooding Exxar-Ones ER and hospital, all exhibiting symptoms that dont match known diseases and that dont respond to standard treatments.
As his marriage falls apart, Doctor Rosenberg must marshal every resource available in his medical labs to fight an outbreak of unknown origin.The daily chaos of life aboard Exxar-One is about to come to a perilous halt. . .