Fleeing an Earth inferno, thirty thousand humans landed on a terrifying yet beautiful planet, they named Eden, hoping to find a new start. Ten years later three hundred and sixty-seven survive; staving off the brutal, carnivorous creatures that prey on them, holding out against a formidable humanoid species known, initially, only as them, while facing insidious deceit and betrayal from within their own ranks.
Wrestling through his own inner turmoil; plagued by the gory memories of Earth’s final days, the death of his parents, and awakened feelings for a girl his best friend loves, shy seventeen-year-old Ristan Abel finds himself plunged into a cauldron of turmoil, treachery and treason. In trying to rescue a clan in chaos, he discovers the truth about his mortal enemies, and the human traitor allying with them to exterminate what’s left of mankind. And in the crucible, he finds himself and becomes a reluctant answer to mankind’s predicament.
Having survived certain extermination at the hands of their vastly superior alien enemy, the hopes of a small human colony soar. Their fledgling dreams of a new dawn are quickly jeopardised as rampant suspicion, prejudice and fear boil over a cauldron brewing thick with political rivalry, skulduggery and the ever-present threat of mutiny.
Struggling with his own personal demons and the maelstrom of relational conflict his foolhardy antics have caused, Ristan Abel finds himself dragged into a brutal showdown with foes known and unknown. With second guesses and half-mistakes punished fiercely in blood, Ristan fights for his own soul and sanity as much as those he longs to protect. Can he endure the bitter consequences of his own actions?
When their celebration party is gate-crashed by the sudden arrival of three spacecrafts, the small human colony on Eden is dumbfounded. How the spaceships escaped Earth’s destruction is a mystery compounded only by the fleet’s unknown whereabouts for ten long years. Still, their confusion gives way to wistful expectation. Could this truly be a new day? The chance to start over with familiar technology, and tens of thousands of fellow humans with whom the colony can rebuild the future. Or is it too good to be true?
Facing murder charges and certain execution in a Zikalic tribunal, Ristan Abel’s suspicions of the new, enigmatic Captain gather traction. In confronting the mounting threat, he sees his chance to redeem himself in one final hurrah. However, all is at stake. Embroiled in a battle of wits with the Captain, at what odds does he gamble in a high-stakes showdown that could obliterate the whole planet?