A brilliant scientist on the planet Devanta has created a small universe contiguous to ours - with a utopian city on one of the planets. The question is, 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 own 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 past. 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.
L.E. MODESITT, JR. lives in Cedar City, Utah.