The first book in an exciting space opera trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Timothy Zahn
Nicole Lee is a nineteen-year-old woman in Philadelphia with a dead-end life: no family, no money, and a relationship with a criminal named Bungie.
That all changes after one of Bungie’s “deals” goes bad. Bungie forces Nicole to drive him to the hospital to kidnap an ER doctor in order to help him recover from his wounds. Before the would-be kidnapper can seal the deal, all three are whisked away by mysterious, moth-like humans to a strange room.
They are on board a living ship called the Fyrantha where they must now work as part of the ship's crew. Nicole has a special ability that allows her to communicate with both the ship and the mysterious mothmen called Wisps.
It is not long before Nicole learns that the ship is far more vast than any on the crew had even imagined, and she is soon caught up in a war between factions seeking to seize control of the Fyrantha.
Timothy Zahn has been writing science fiction since 1975 and sold his first story to Analog in 1978. Since then Zahn has published nearly seventy short stories and novelettes, numerous novels, and three short fiction collections. Along the way he has won a Hugo Award (for the novella CascadePoint, in 1984) and has been nominated twice more. He is best known for his original five Star Wars novels (Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, The LastCommand, Specter of the Past, and Vision of the Future), as well as Star Wars:Survivor’s Quest, Outbound Flight, Allegiance, and Choices of One. His most recent publications have been the science-fiction Cobra series and the six-part young adult series Dragonback. He has a B.S. in physics from Michigan State University, and an M.S. in physics from the University of Illinois.