As a young boy, Matthew Wallace experienced this as the child of missionaries on the planet Altair, living a rugged existence on the undeveloped world. Undeveloped, but not uninhabited. For Altair was home to a proud race of warriors - the Ananke. The same warriors Matthew watched as they murdered his parents. Now he is the Marshal of the place he swore he’d never return to, and his hatred for the Ananke is only tempered by his desperation to treat his wife’s terrible illness.