A mysterious force is tearing apart the tenuous peace that exists between the Litteran and the Outer Galactic Commonwealth, and it is the job of the Commonwealth's Chief Negotiator to discover who or what it is. Tyler Jensen, now a Yan'quin named Hela Trork, is dispatched to track down the various clues about Daneshan, a code name for the entity or entities behind the escalating violence. The Litteran, a brutish race from unknown origins, are often violent but rarely imperialistic. But now, something is driving them to galactic war, and the Commonwealth stands on the brink of unraveling in the face of this unprecedented aggression. Will Tyler be able to solve the mystery behind Daneshan before the Commonwealth falls or will he discover he is a pawn in a galactic chess match he doesn't comprehend?