Book One: Where There Are Possibilities

Invaders of unknown origin are sweeping across the galaxy, leaving ruined worlds in their wake. Out on the fringe of the galaxy, refugees have been streaming into the one inhabited planetary system the war has thus far spared. Three deadly treatment resistant diseases are spreading like wildfire from the refugee population to the native population. And the worst is yet to come.

On Linguin, the first moon of the fourth planet of the Rajalan System, all three diseases have reached epidemic proportion. The staff at the Linguin Global Research Hospital knows how desperate the situation has already become. Financially and educationally disadvantaged quota scholarship student, Swenna Dajomm, who studies medical research by day and takes frequent shifts in the lab of the working hospital by night so she can afford to live off campus, is on her way off duty when she runs into a lab colleague in the hallway. The colleague tells her about a wild end of the galaxy party underway there at the hospital. And Swenna, who has been totally devoted to work and study since she arrived on Linguin, decides in a moment of despair inspired recklessness to join in the madding revelry. On a crowded dance floor she meets a rich playboy. She lets him talk her into breaking a vow she made to herself as a girl and promised herself she’d never break. The consequences of her self-betrayal begin slowly to unfold.

Daggen Jeft has spent a lifetime ruthlessly acquiring wealth and power. He’s used to getting his way. What he finds he wants in his old age is grandchildren to carry on the family name, and to leave a legacy for which he will be remembered when he is gone. The problem is; neither of his sons appears ready to produce a grandchild for him anytime soon. And there will be no one left to remember him no matter what legacy he leaves if everyone dies of disease or in the rapidly approaching war.

A crowded public conveyance promenade in Linguin’s Urban Core breaks down. A sick woman coughs up blood and there is a mass exodus from the promenade. In the confusion Jenken Mizlek is separated from the younger sister he’s escorting home from school. He searches for her and finds instead a preschooler boy who has become separated from his mother. The Public Safety Office isn’t responding to missing sentients calls. So Jenken embarks upon a private quest to reunite mother and son.

On a space station a light year off the edge of the planetary system some of Daggen Jeft’s most brilliant scientists are testing alien technology when something goes terribly wrong. And in another time and place aliens hold an inquiry which will determine many things, among them whether Swenna can redeem herself, whether Daggen gets what he wants and the success or failure of Jenken’s quest.