A spaceship on a vital medical mission.
An alien who shouldn’t exist.
An Ambassador charged with extracting secrets from strange new people.
Mission specialists on revolutionary research hospital ship Chiron seek a cure for Earth’s remarkably strange alien pandemic. On their way to a distant planet, they must deal with tricky aliens, weird wildlife, and science gone awry. When they follow their map to meet the aliens of Fabar, unimaginable problems arise.
Captain Walsh is forced to fall back on his military prowess to deal with aliens invading Fabar; but are these odd octopoids friend or foe?
Ambassador O’Bien leads humans and aliens on a pulse-pounding planetary adventure to forge relationships with aliens who might have answers. As they delve deeper into the Fabarian culture and politics, she wonders how to earn the trust of aliens who have every reason not to give it. How do they deal with the dilemma of clones who shouldn’t be, but are essential for the success of their medical mission? How can they save one who doesn’t want to be saved?
Helping them along is an elite set of crew and specialists, each with their own quirks. A computer department head hiding talents confides in a geneticist who turn out to be twice what anyone ever expected. Martial artist and top gun security-head uses mind and body to battle ships, aliens, and his own dark beasts.
Through it all, a secretive few fervently pursue their own human enhancement agendas. The indispensable inventor of the dangerous deep space engine’s love for someone not quite dead makes her almost alive again. Victims of experimentation join clones and a war vet with powerful robot legs in wondering just how far humans should be enhanced, as they go on an incredible journey to find the solutions Earth needs.