Investigating the disappearance of a secret Romulan fleet, the U.S.S. Titan,
commanded by Captain William Riker, is unexpectedly propelled more than 200,000 light-years into the Small Magellanic Cloud. One of the Milky Way's satellite galaxies, the Cloud is also home to the Neyel, the long-sundered offshoots of Terran humanity, with whom the Federation has had no contact in over eighty years.
Nearby, Riker's uncertain ally, Commander Donatra of the Romulan Warbird Valdore,
rescues a young Neyel, the survivor of a mysterious cosmic upheaval that seems at times to be both unraveling and reweaving the very fabric of space...the fulfillment of an apocalyptic vision that has already claimed millions of lives. Titan's
science team soon finds evidence that the ravaging of Neyel space is the work of a vast and powerful intelligence: the stirrings of a dormant consciousness that is maintaining the existence of the Small Magellanic Cloud -- and all life within it -- from one moment to the next. And if it should awaken, the consequences are unimaginable.
As Riker considers his options, his new crew struggles with the scientific and philosophical implications of what they've discovered...while the young Neyel in their midst forges a bond with the captain, conjuring old ghosts Riker has yet to lay to rest.
Following their harrowing mission in the first Titan novel, "Taking Wing", in which they were thrust into the heart of the war-torn Romulan Empire, Captain Riker and the crew of the starship, Titan join forces with a task force of former foes. Together they investigate an eighty-year-old mystery involving a strange offshoot of humanity known as the Neyel, introduced in the authors' best-selling Lost Era novel, "The Sundered". Catapulted to a distant neighbouring galaxy, the task force of Klingons and Romulans is devastated by forces that have apparently already brought about the destruction of the Neyel civilization. Titan's intrepid crew must learn what really became of the Neyel before the force that felled them sets its sights on the Federation.