After the death of all trees on Earth, humanity is scattered across the cosmos, survived by mega-corporations with the power to write laws.
Kip unlocks spaceship features for criminal callers who can afford evil tech support. When he boards a one-way drone ship for the mines of Alpha Scepter, he is entangled in a conspiracy that reaches the far boundaries of charted space.
Leandra and Bixby have been interstellar fugitives since uncovering a terrible secret at Laramy Orbital. Only their inventions can challenge the corporation's ascension to galactic supremacy, but they need a compatible test subject to proceed.
When a mysterious guest arrives at their hideout, Leandra is forced to make a choice that will decide humanity’s future.