Thirteen hundred gates have opened to solar systems around the galaxy, but the mysteries and threats to humanity only grow deeper.
In the dead systems where there are stranger things than alien planets, Elvi Okoye begins a desperate search to discover the nature of an ancient genocide.
At the heart of the empire, Teresa Duarte embraces the burden of her father’s godlike ambition - but the scientist Paolo Cortázar and the sinister prisoner James Holden are only two dangers in a palace thick with intrigue.
Meanwhile, the scattered crew of the Rocinante fights a brave rear-guard action against Duarte’s authoritarian regime. Memory of the old order falls away, and a future under Laconia’s eternal rule seems more and more certain. And with it, a battle that humanity can only lose…