The battle at the
galactic center had been a great victory for the Federation and the
Alliance. But it had tremendous costs. The Battleship Avenger and her
fleets had vanished being drawn into a great white vortex at the moment
of victory. For over four years, the mystery of what had happened to the
Avenger had haunted the Federation.
The last two survivors of the Special Five have built a powerful exploration cruiser to go off in search of the lost fleets. They are convinced that the fleets have survived and are trapped in another galaxy. What they find in their search will be a threat to the Federation far greater than the AIs and the Hocklyns had ever been. The fate of thousands of worlds will depend on the Distant Horizon finding those that were lost and stopping this new and dangerous menace.