It’s been two hundred years since the Horizon Alpha ark left Earth to find a new home. Shiro spends his sixteenth birthday among the first humans in centuries to set foot on solid ground and smell fresh air. But Tau Ceti e is not a welcoming planet.
Blistering sunlight and punishingly strong gravity keep the older folks inside, and scouting crews come back with fewer numbers, telling rumors of shadowy monsters in the forest. It’s up to Shiro and the other young men to build defenses around the stranded humans’ camp. After all, no one has confirmed any predators larger than a man . . . yet.