The man she loves is in sight far overhead, unreachable. The woman he loves is stranded below on an alien world, hunted.
On a lush, unexplored planet orbiting an isolated star midway between two arms of the Milky Way, two civilizations—one spiraling into revolution, the other tipping into the vortex of political intrigue—clash at the cusp of discovery. And they are not alone.
Above the new world, the man she loves is unreachable. Below, the woman he loves is hunted. To embrace again they must confront their remarkable reflections, choosing between trust and loyalty, hope and terror, and war and peace, where the domino of each personal decision carries sweeping consequences.