In the 18th century, a certain British monarch kept a journal. On July 4th, he inscribed an ironic "Nothing important happened today."
In the 22nd century, pilgrims of space exploration leave Earth for nearby planets crafted for them by terraformers. Ranyk is a smart-mouthed alien, the best of the world-builders employed by the US government—and he always completes his assignments solo, pushing to the deep recesses of space for the good of colonists and to avoid his growing fame.
Until he’s handed an on-planet assignment in Ireland, of all places, as an undercover student of genetic engineering. His real plan? To pull scientists and their families out of a country careening toward civil war—and off Earth, to a colony world of their own—before a martial law lockdown ends their groundbreaking discoveries.
Sckiik is strong, female, and the head of security for a US embassy. While protecting the Ambassador from an assassination attempt, she finds clues to xenocide and rushes to warn her brother Ranyk.
Risking his life is no novelty for Ranyk. He’s been battered by asteroids, nearly incinerated in volcanoes, and has out-piloted pirates. But political espionage on Earth is more dangerous than anything he’s encountered before, and he’s completely ill-equipped for such delicate matters. Now he must figure out who to trust and who to eliminate, or it will mean his freedom, the safety of forty thousand colonists, and the lives of his friends.