Adam Yuga is on the run. Three months ago, a miracle saved him from the deadly genetic illness that threatens the entire population of his former home, the Protectorate. Now he and his lover Lochlan are searching for a way to heal his people. When they receive a mysterious coded message promising hope, they make a desperate grab for it, and are imprisoned—by the very race they want to save.
On Lochlan’s distant homeship, a young pilot named Nkiruka faces an agonizing choice: stay with her lover Satya and live a life of happy obscurity, or become the spiritual leader—and the last and only hope—for the Bideshi. Nkiruka doesn’t want to lose Satya, but worse, she fears she lacks the strength to carry anyone through the coming storm, let alone her entire people.
Threads of chance and destiny draw the three together. With the fates of civilizations in their hands, they prepare for a final conflict that might be their only chance for survival—or that might destroy them all.
This book can be read on its own, or enjoyed as part of the Root Code series.
In this exciting space opera adventure, Moraine continues the story begun in Line and Orbit, picking up with lovers Adam Yuga and Lochlan on the run from the Terran Protectorate. Together, they represent a cure to the genetic disease afflicting the people of the Protectorate. The powers-that-be consider disease unacceptable to their doctrine of perfection, but would rather shun the sufferers than cure them. When the two fugitives accidentally end up in a secret quarantine camp, their efforts to escape may spark the larger conflict no one wanted to happen. Meanwhile, aboard one of the homeships of the nomadic Bideshi, a young woman has to choose between love and duty when she's called to assume the role of spiritual leader, a decision that will affect thousands of lives. Moraine skillfully weaves action, romance, and adventure into a page-turning drama. They successfully combine science fiction tropes and mysticism to create a satisfying, provocative hybrid in which spaceships go hand-in-hand with magical healing and psychic visions. The queer romances at the heart of the story are honest and engaging. It's recommended, though not necessary, for readers to start with the first installment.