What happens when a peaceful man finds himself in the middle of a war? What if he holds the key to saving the galaxy, but at a great price? That’s the dilemma facing Adrian Stannis, a brilliant scientist, and his consort, the telepathic Kali Mirren. Adrian has been hiding away on a science vessel plying the least significant sectors of space, but his past, and his reputation are about to catch up with him. People want the information in his head and they don’t care how they get it.