Hickory is a neoteric, born out of the ashes of World War 3 with a mutant empathy gene. Her first mission for the Alien Corps ends in disaster, and the feisty commander is desperate for a second chance to prove herself. When her father, whom she hasn’t seen for sixteen years, asks her to lead a vital mission to the edge of the galaxy, she grabs the opportunity. Hickory is assigned to the strategically important planet Prosperine to investigate its volatile political climate and check out a disruptive mystic called the Teacher. When she arrives, the commander becomes embroiled in an elaborate plot by sinister aliens that will test every ounce of her emotional and physical resilience. In the end, Hickory has one shot. She must banish the pain from her past and embrace the gifts she was born with. Only then will she have a chance to discover what the Teacher is up to and stop the alien threat to Earth. Questions you will ask when you read this book: Will the Human agenda destroy the aliens’ way of life? Will the various factions in the alien world crumble and collapse into civil war under the threat? Will Hickory come to terms with her conflicted loyalties and fractured relationships? Who is this mysterious ‘messiah’ who inspires and divides the aliens?