After Captain Ethan Walker captures a seat on the Commonwealth’s Council of Captains, he needs allies. He soon discovers what it means to have enemies on both sides of the law. Digging into an ancient alien archive, he and his crew make repairs and upgrades to the Olympus Dawn. Unfortunately, there’s only so much they can do on their own.
Walker sets out to recruit a scientist with the extraordinary gifts necessary to access the ancient technology. When he attracts unwanted attention, he ends up having to rescue a whole community of genetically augmented humans from the attacks of Red Wall fanatics.
To help them escape, Captain Walker and his crew must push their ship beyond all rational possibility of hope in as they fight to survive.
In the end he will discover the exact cost of having friends, even as he realizes that there are forces in the Coalition infinitely more ruthless than anything he has faced before.