L.E. Modesitt returns to SF with a whole new future world on
the brink of destruction.
A brilliant scientist on the planet Devanta has created a
small universe contiguous to ours --and a utopian city on one of
the planets. The question becomes, though, an utopia for whom? And
why is a shady entertainment mogul subsidizing the scientist? More
critical than that, does this new universe require the destruction
of a portion --or all -- of our universe in order to grow and
stabilize? Blaine Donne is a retired military special operative now
devoted to problem-solving for hire. He investigates a series of
seemingly unrelated mysteries that arise with the arrival of a
woman with unlimited resources who has neither a present nor a
The more he investigates, the more questions arise, including
the role of the two heiresses who are more -- and less -- than they
seem, and the more Donne is pushed inexorably toward an explosive
solution and a regional interstellar war.