Few options remain for Byron, a talented young man with a rebellious attitude. Slated to train as a Cosbolt pilot, Byron is determined to prove his worth. Much to his chagrin, Bassa, the toughest instructor in the fleet, takes notice of the pilot. As war brews on the edge of space, Byron requires a navigator of exceptional quality. Bassa must make a decision that could decide the fate of both men
Debut novelist Cavanaugh s maiden space flight tells a familiar story. Byron lost his parents at an early age. Abandoned by his older sister to a group home, he rebels against authority and refuses to let anyone get close to him. Like many young men with troubled histories, he joins the military to have a better life and enters training to become one of the elite Cosbolt fighters. This goal requires Byron to drop his defenses and telepathically bond with a navigator so he can use his ship s teleportation device to jump from point to point in space. In the process, he discovers some unusual abilities. This formulaic space opera aspires to be a bildungsroman for its petulant hero, but it confuses the archetypal with the clich d.