Before Ender Wiggin was born, before the Battle School was built, the aliens brought war to EarthThe mining ship El Cavador is far from Earth, in the deeps of the Kuiper Belt. Other mining ships are few and far between, so when Cavador's telescopes pick up a massive, fast-moving object coming in-system, it's hard to know what to make of it. El Cavador has other problems. Their systems are old and failing. The family is getting too big for the ship. There are claim-jumping corporate ships bringing Asteroid Belt tactics to the Kuiper Belt. Worrying about a distant object that might be an alien ship seems? not important. But they're wrong. It's the most important thing that has happened to the human race in a million years. The first Formic War is about to begin.