In the long-awaited sequel to Birthright, Cal Mitchell, physically augmented former commando, is trying to enjoy his life as an independent farmer now that his small agrocolony homeworld is free from the oppressive rule of the Corporate Council. But his past comes back to haunt him when an assassin is dispatched to try to kill him.
On the heels of this threat, his old partner and friend Deke Conner returns with DSI agent Kara McIntire to warn of a new conspiracy by old enemies. This time the goal is no smaller than the fate of the galaxy as the hunt is on for the fabled Northwest Passage, the Transition Line out of our Cluster that will give its discoverer access to the rest of the universe and perhaps to the magical technology of the long-lost Predecessors.
The hunt for the Northwest Passage will take Caleb and his friends and family to the farthest reaches of the Commonwealth and beyond into the unknown, where the prize for success may be an even darker fate than the price of failure.