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When humanity escaped to the stars,
greed and tyranny eagerly pursued.
From behind the face plate of his spacesuit, Tod Riley looks down at the homeworld he loves and dreams of visiting others. He was never cut out for the colonial life of a farmer. As soon as his colony announced the construction of Dritta’s first space station he signed up to help build it, to help his planet strive for a future among the stars.
Tod’s dreams turn to nightmares when the Unity Starship Grissom comes crashing into the system bringing the tyrannical hand of the Unity government with it. When the captain starts making unreasonable demands for repairs , supplies and unquestioning obedience, conflicts arise. Drittans fled to the edges of Unity space to escape that kind of treatment. Violence soon erupts om the station and the colonists compel the warship to leave.
They do not leave alone.
Several colonists are abducted, Including Tod, and pressed into service onboard the Unity Warship.
Bound to obey the commands of a tyrannical ships captain, the colonists are forced into the nightmare of never-ending war. The unity crew treat them as criminals and they are subjected to degradation, injury and death. Every hour is a struggle to survive as the ship takes them further from home. The dream of eventual release and freedom is the Drittan’s only comfort. A dream that quickly fades as the pressees are killed off one by one in battles that may be a little more piracy than patrol .
If Tod is ever going to see the rings of Dritta again, he must risk everything to escape the warship and the clutches of the tyrant captain. Even if that were possible, how will he ever find his way across the light years of empty space that separates him from the home world.