Nathaniel Roberts and his fleet of ships made it through the wormhole, most of them anyways. They are without power and children are coming. Persephone believes babies magically appear in the arms of goddesses when it is time. No one, even her mother can convince her otherwise. Can it be true?
The first people the fleet meet are the Drax. Their species looks like a cross between a chameleon and a human. They are inhospitable and greedy. Given a chance, they would cheat anyone to get their gold. The Drax are overdue for a lesson in manners. Are Nathaniel and Persephone the right people to do it?
There is a gathering happening, and Nathaniel's fleet arrives just in time to register for the event. Leery after a recent battle, the fleet stays hidden in deep space doing repairs while Nathaniel and Persephone take their small fighter to the space station. It turns out that the gathering is a three-day slave auction and they are just in time.
Nathaniel believes that slavery is a just way for criminals to pay back society for their crimes. These prisoners are not guilty of any crime. They are victims; captured because they were unarmed and too weak to defend themselves.
The gods are involved in punishing the slave traders. They give Nathaniel the means to end the slave trade, but the decision is up to him.
The fleet has finally found the Alliance and the Crimson tide. It will be the biggest battle yet. Nathaniel is the recipient of bad news. News, he wasn't ready to accept. He will never find Earth if he continues to follow the same path. Nathaniel must find another way.
Detective Sam Benson, a native New Yorker, is brash, opinionated and candid. Transplanted to work on Earth’s first colonized planet, he envisions a relatively peaceful job. But Benson’s ruthless nature might bring it to the brink of annihilation when a series of murders begins. He suspects a non-human is responsible-an android who once shared engrams with a psychopathic human. However, the detective doesn’t know other non-humans once called his new world-theirs. And as Benson obsesses with making a case against the android, he is oblivious to their return and the reason why they consider machines to be their gods.