Book IV of the Gap series. Events were not moving as the Amnion intended. Again, the humans had been false in their dealings with the aliens. The crew of the Trumpet has escaped seconds before the bootleg shipyard was destroyed and their immediate capture was imperative. By studying a force-grown human child the Amnion would be able to replicate themselves in human form and the entire human space race could be seeded with hosts of Amnion – the overthrow of Earth-bed life accomplished at a stroke. Back at UMCPHQ a developing power struggle may prove to be an even greater threat. The UMC police want to intercept the Trumpet before the secrets it carries are spread abroad. The only hope for the exhausted crew is a dangerous journey to an illegal lab in the distant binary system of Valdor International. Cover art by David O’Connor.