Thomas Wilks is a Terran. Lashpa Krish is a Rouldian. They have declared themselves to be gragrakch — two bodies, one soul. Both are peacekeepers — cyborgs charged with enforcing Alliance law. In accordance with Rouldian tradition, the two peacekeepers travel to Lashpa’s home planet of Fanish to make their declaration of gragrakch official. Although they’ve been very close friends for years, Tom and Lashpa quickly discover that they still have much to learn about each other. Their efforts to deepen their relationship is interrupted when they stumble upon a hidden Chroniech base. Stranded in Alliance space, the Chroniech managed to survive by attacking civilian cargoliners. That changed when they discovered an ancient secret buried within their wandering planetoid — a secret that could result in the annihilation of hundreds of billions of Alliance citizens.