Coren Lanra is the head of security for DyNan Manual Industries.
A former Special Service agent, he's never cared for bureaucracy, piracy, or deception and he hates mysteries.
Lanra's troubles begin with the death of Nyom Looms; during an ill-fated mission to smuggle illegal immigrants from Earth to the colony Nova Levis-all were apparently murdered, but why?
The only clue might be contained within the positronic brain of a robot that had accompanied the victims, but it has been deactivated, and Lanra is denied access to its memories.
With the help of robotics Derec Avery and Auroran ambassador Ariel Burgess, Lanra searches for the identity of a killer, before more lives are lost.