The first novel in a space opera duo set in the second age of stellar colonization.
It is the second age of stellar colonization.The first age ended in disaster when it was discovered that superluminal travel inflicted permanent genetic damage to all who used it – mutating Earth's far-flung colonists in body and mind. Earth abandoned them. But some of the colonies survived, and a new 'Outworld' civilization of 'Variants' has germinated. They have given humanity back the stars, but at a high price – a monopoly over all commerce.
Following a corporate raid on a remote satellite, an unusual young woman flees for the Up-and-Out. But her narrow escape does not mean safety. For speeding across the galaxy pursued by ruthless, but unknown adversaries, this young woman will discover a secret which is buried deep inside her psyche – a revelation the universe may not be ready to face...