The job was supposed to be easy. Safe. A standard freight run from Iulea to the Inner Rings with a hefty payout. A run so easy, Stig Virtanen and the crew of the Geir could do it in hyper-sleep.
When Stig comes to badly beaten and handcuffed in a storage locker, however, he knows everything has somehow gone wildly off the rails. A group of heavily armed privateers has co-opted the ship and imprisoned the rest of the crew and they’re searching for something. A prize worth killing for, and it isn’t the routine stash of Treutium in the cargo hold. Someone on Iulea smuggled something dangerous onto the Geir, and now Stig and his misfit crew are the hottest commodity in the Aurora System.
Worse, Stig has no idea what has been smuggled onto his ship or why it’s so valuable, but all roads point back to the dusty mining world of Iulea and a covert Rebel scientist working deep in the bowels of the planet. But finding answers will be no easy task, especially with the Cooperate Collective and the Free Alliance at their six and the blood-thirsty desert dwellers dead ahead. The crew will need to use every play in the book and call on every black-market contact to solve the Galaxy-shaking mystery and, more important, avoid a Collective firing squad.