Can peace ever be trusted?
A century ago, an alien fleet attacked Earth. Over decades of bitter war, humanity slowly pushed them back.
Eighteen months ago, a truce was struck. The aliens disappeared. Humanity stood down.
But there are those who will never trust the aliens.
The captain of the aging battleship Walker Pierce is one of them.
He has spent months in disputed space, against the wishes of his superiors, looking for proof of alien treachery, afraid of what he might find.
Because this time, if the aliens return, humanity won’t be so lucky.