Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artefact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding – with Holden’s destruction at its core.
Independent settlers stand against the overwhelming power of a corporate colony ship with only their determination, courage and the skills learned in the long wars of home. Innocent scientists are slaughtered as they try to survey a new and alien world.
James Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are sent to make peace in the midst of war and sense in the heart of chaos. But the more he looks at it, the more Holden thinks the mission was meant to fall.
The Free Navy has crippled the Earth and begun a campaign of piracy and violence among the outer planets. As the chaos grows, the crew of the Rocinante must undertake a desperate mission to Medina station.
But in the uncanny spaces past the ring gates, the choices of a few damaged and desperate people may determine the fate of more than just humanity.