Reveling in unparalleled bliss on her little blue planet, Chelan has found peace in the loving arms of her Warlord. She's sheltered from war and strife on all fronts, earthly and Imperial, and utopia seems assured. But her tranquil existence is about to be turned upside down, in the span of a single heartbeat. All hell has broken loose throughout the galaxy, and the fallout will twist its evil tendrils about her once again. A deadly bird of prey has arisen, and his quarry is Chelan. She is the conduit through which he can force Korba to his knees, and he will stop at nothing in his bid to capture her. Talon is on the hunt.