The Intersolar Commonwealth is in turmoil as the launch of Living Dream's Pilgrimage into the Void draws near and, with the Ocisen Empire fleet fast approaching in a mission of genocide, an internicene war has broken out betweeen the post-human Factions over the destiny of humanity.
Defying the increasingly desparate Factions is Paula Myo, the ruthlessly single-minded investigator. Beset by foes from her distant past and colleagues with a dubious allegiance, she is losing a race against time, and the shocking truth of how far some people will go to determine the course of evolution is only just dawning on her. Meanwhile, somewhere in Colwyn City, Araminta is coming to terms with the discovery that she is the Second Dreamer - and therefore on the run from just about everybody.
At the heart of all this is Edeard, the Waterwalker, who lived long, long ago, deep inside the Void. He is the messiah of the Living Dream, and visions of his life inspire billions of humans. They worship these dreams of Edeard's crusade against corruption, injustice and violence, of his struggle to hold true to his convictions in the face of temptation and betrayal, of his lovers and his battles and of his extraordinary powers, which grow in strength daily.
Edeard's glorious, captivating story is the driving force behind Living Dream's Pilgrimage - a force too strong to be thwarted - and, as his triumph draws close, the true nature of the Void will finally be revealed.
Peter F. Hamilton was born in Rutland in 1960, and still lives near Rutland Water with his wife and daughter. He began writing in 1987, and sold his first short story to Fear magazine in 1988. 'Night's Dawn' trilogy established him as Britain's bestselling writer of science fiction and a major name in global science fiction writing. His ten novels have sold almost two million copies worldwide.