Two years have passed since the Battle of Venom. The survivors have spent the time in peace, and the Anacron Empire has enjoyed a season of unified prosperity. The recent conflict left many unanswered questions, but Mirana Kelar has not been idle. Even as she begins to uncover the origin of Dark Viper’s mysterious power, though, the remnant of an old enemy threatens to plunge the Empire back into war. And this time, even Nedward Simmons may not be able to stand against the forces that hunt him.