Klanor has destroyed Rynah's home planet, Lanyr, by stealing the crystal that controls the planet's magnetic field. His plan is to find all six of the crystals, unite them to create a deadly weapon, and destroy the entire star system...enabling him to create his own empire! With the help of the mysterious Solaris, Rynah gathers four unlikely heroes from a distant planet to fulfill the prophecy and attempt to save humanity.
Scarb are the enemy. The enemy. The enemy. I told myself this over and over. They murdered my parents. They rape the land and kill humans as if they are the vermin. They took Ray. I ran water over my face, looked at my eyes with their double lenses like two blue lakes: one navy, one ice. The enemy. And now I'm one of them.
Left to die on the planet of Sunlil, Rynah and her companions find themselves alongside the one man they had thought was their enemy, Klanor, but who had been betrayed by Stein, a man he once trusted. They must abandon old hatreds and find a way off the volcanic planet before it erupts. Their Salvation comes from an old enemy: the Fragmyr Pirates. Knowing that Stein has set his sights on Earth, Rynah decides to pursuer him there, but doing so means accepting Klanor's help, a man she had vowed to kill.
Following the tragic battle with Klanor, sorrow fills the crew aboard Solaris. Rynah locks herself in her quarters, refusing to speak with the others, but Solaris convinces her to put aside her grief and continue the mission Marlow had entrusted to her. During a meeting in the ship's galley, Rynah and the crew resolve to pursue the next crystal.