Harry Nelson-Heron is, in appearance, an ordinary young man with some special talents. Other than his friend Ferghal OConnor, Harry may be the only man who can stop the Consortiums plan to ruin the democratic Confederations economy and impose their own oligarchy. In any century, a patronizing bully of a superior can make any mans life miserable, and for Harry, things havent changed in four hundred years. Fortunately, Ferghal has crafted a better relationship with his superior, who encourages him to use his antique skills for recreation. These same skills will ultimately play an important part in the events to come, thanks in no small part to the incompetence of one individual in particular.
Its a desperate race for survival on an alien world for Sub-lieutenant Heron and his men. When they find shelter with a strange alien people and their even stranger Provider, things start to take a hopeful turn. Do they dare let their guards down?