Earth barely survived the 21st century.
Now, in the 22nd, after unifying Earth, the UN has rediscovered the colony of Minerva. Prosperous and technologically advanced, Minerva quickly submits to UN supremacy - surprisingly quickly...
Operative: Stone Chalmers
Cover Story: Hypnotically implanted
Mission: Investigate newly-rediscovered colony world
On Minerva, while workers prepare to place a wormhole link to Earth, Stone infiltrates a secretive cult, and unearths a plot to shake to the core the foundations of the United Nations' power over the settled galaxy.
And shake Stone to his own core as well.