Unable to find a home and acceptance on Earth, an intrepid band of misplaced youth seek their ancestral home among the stars. Unfortunately, their reception is not quite what they hoped for.
The home they discover is a hostile environment, involved in a huge interstellar war with a hostile alien species. Everyone is on guard, and the newcomers are viewed as untrusted interlopers. They search for a place in a world with no use for them, with no place to turn for assistance.
Faced with an unwinnable situation, they seek to change the rules, risking arrest, trial and even death in hopes of fixing a world they know little about.
Our crew doesn’t find the welcoming they expected.
I: Home, Unwelcoming Home
The team gets their first taste of their welcome in their new home.
The team’s reception goes horribly wrong.
Al bets everything on a hunch.
II: Arrival at Tandor
Humans view their first inhabited alien world.
The team leans that interstellar empires aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.
Preparing for deployment.
8) Shipping Out
Having made plenty of enemies at home, the team heads for Tandor’s sworn enemies.
III: Heading to the Front
The team’s plan for survival—active treason!
Facing Exposure, our team discovers someone who’ll offer cover.
Al’s team makes unauthorized shipwide adjustments, as well as making a few social adjustments too.
Al’s team, plus one, prepare for their encounter with hostile forces.
IV: Engaging the Enemy
Al’s team makes contact with the Zssizliq, independently of the Tandorians.
Al finally meets with the mysterious Zssizliq.
The humans engage in their first combat with the aliens.
V: Delicate Negotiations
The crew discovers victory isn’t as sweet as advertised.
The regional Tandorian military authorities decide to crush their buggy enemies.
Al’s team is sent to salvage a mess not of their making.
VI: Visiting Tandora
19: Hiding an Army
Hiding an invading fleet in plain sight.
Eliminating the root of the problem.
21: And the Cycle Begins Anew
Al and his team consider their future once again.
Note: I’m testing out a new feature. You’ll notice that each chapter’s epigraph now has an active link. That’s so, if you ever want to use the quote yourself, you can click on the link, it’ll take you to my new Bibliography page, and when you click the chapter you just came from, it’ll return you. Easy peasy!