Three strikingly different alien races
greeted the military mission from Earth
when it reached the planet called Bezer'ej.
Now one of the sentient species
has been exterminated?and two others
are poised on the brink of war.
The fragile bezeri are no more, due to the ignorant,
desperate actions of human interlopers. The powerful
wess'har protectors have failed in their sworn obligation
to the destroyed native population?and the outrage must be
But those who are coming to judge from the World Before -- the
home planet, now distant and alien to the wess'har, whose
ancestors left there generations ago -- will not restrict their
justice to the individual humans responsible for the slaughter.
Earth itself must answer for the genocide. And its ultimate fate
may depend on a dead woman: former police officer Shan Frankland,
who became something far greater than human before destroying
herself in the vast airless depths of space.