We all crave a purpose.
A fire to spark our lives into action.
It’s this burning life within that drives us to our destinies.
But when it burns too deep, or goes unchecked, it can shatter innocent lives in its wake.
A vicious attack on a deep-space mining colony rains death and destruction on nearly all its inhabitants. Only a handful survive. Among the shattered survivors is a young man, hell-bent on an impossible revenge.
In another part of the universe, a wealthy agent of death finds her tenuous grip on sanity slipping, and is forced to leave everything she’s come to know and love. But her last chance at redemption lies in the last place she ever thought to look.
Their respective paths take them through the vast universe of EVE, to galactic empires built on faith, hedonism, discipline, and rebellion. Their fates plunge them into the darkest parts of this galaxy, to encounters with denizens of the chaotic and dangerous pirate kingdoms. And all the while, as each draws closer to what they seek, they begin to realize that the only stakes worth playing for are the ones from which they’ve run so far away. . . .
â€œWE WILL EAT THE BODY and sanctify its blood, to let it be born again.â€
The apartment felt sucked dry of air, replaced with a gaseous formaldehyde that put everything and everyone in stasis. The attendants had formed small clusters, the men standing and facing the floor in grim silence, the women sitting, crying, and comforting each other. It was a young manâ€™s apartment, little more than a studio with a small bedroom off to the side. The door to that room was ajar.
Drem Valate, so numb of emotion he felt like a sleepwalker,