Luke Kishi held the line against crushing odds. Shattering the enemy fleet cost him his wife but before she died, she made him promise to live. Can he keep his promise when he is forced to become a mercenary?
Saved and now alone, the colonists of New Alamo find themselves in a stagnating alien empire called the Conglomerate, a harsh and unforgiving society ruled by the Topa. To survive and keep New Alamo safe, Luke becomes a mercenary, wishing for death, but honor bound to live.
When Luke receives a mission that sends him to a distant corner of the Conglomerate he must find something worth living for besides honor, or the entire human race will exterminated. The Topa have plans for humanity, but can the hero of Naantali keep his promise?