Tassin, Sabre and Kole head for Omega Five with Tarl, an ex-cyber technician turned smuggler they met on the wonder world, Charon Six. Sabre fascinates Tarl, who is also on the run from Myon Two, under a sentence of death. He has restored Sabre’s memories, but, after everything he went through on Myon Two, the cyber is no longer the man Tassin fell in love with on Omega Five. She hopes he will rediscover the feelings he had for her then, and she will do anything to make that happen.
When Myon Two enforcer ships find them in a photon corridor, they are unable to escape in Tarl’s old freighter, Blue Sun. Sabre sends a universal distress message, hoping that this will at least protect Tassin and Kole from Cybercorp. Unfortunately, it is answered by an Overlord. The seven Overlords are universal judges and executioners who keep the peace on a planetary scale, and rarely interfere in minor infractions, but interplanetary law dictates that a universal distress message cannot be ignored, and the Overlords must abide by it, too.
Overlords travel instantaneously between solar systems on giant city-ships capable of destroying planets, and the one who answers Sabre’s call is the Spider Lord, one of the most feared of all the Overlords. Upon learning the cause of the altercation, the Spider Lord orders Sabre to sacrifice himself or his companions will die, and the cyber is forced to step out of an airlock to save them…