A wrecked ship. A valuable cargo. Both are death traps for the unwary.
Jack March is on a vital mission for the Silent Order - find and destroy the Pulse, the deadly superweapon of the Final Consciousness, before it can destroy Calaskar.
But when the mysterious artificial intelligence known as the Custodian summons March, he has no choice but to go.
The Custodian holds knowledge that might save Calaskar, or destroy it utterly...