The climactic novel of the star-spanning Quadrail space operaThe Quadrail has been the flashpoint of a battle for dominance fought mostly unnoticed by humankind. But Frank Compton, aided by the enigmatic woman Bayta, has fought on the front lines, using every bit of his skill to outwit the Modhri, a group intelligence that controls the minds of every sentient being it can touch. Following a trail of deception to Proteus Station, Compton discovers a conspiracy that threatens all life in the galaxy: the Shonkla'raa, an ancient enemy thought to be long dead, is rising again. Even the Modhri may now be his friend, as the burgeoning threat emerges. If Compton and Bayta can't stop them, the Shonkla'raa will decimate all who oppose them, destroying the Quadrail and billions of lives throughout the galaxy.