A companion novella to The Shadow Wars and a direct sequel to Dead Ice.
When the infection hit Frost Station in the form of a dozen corpses from a wrecked ship, Laura and her crew of isolated misfits didn't know quite how to deal with it. As a result, only she and two others barely escaped the bloody, frozen horror. Certain that they were flying off into the sunrise towards help and hope, they set off in a stolen medical jump ship.
But now the terrifying reality of their situation is setting in. It's been twelve hours in the air and they're no closer to safety. They can't raise anyone on the radio and everywhere they fly over is either burning, dead, or overrun with walking corpses. They're running out of power and are soon forced to crash-land in a network of valleys...
Mike Ellis is an engineer working at Peaceful Trails, a network of valleys that serves as a serene nature reserve, a place to get away from the world and relax. All that comes crashing to a bloody halt as he wakes up in an infirmary. He knows he's suffered an accident of some kind, but he can't remember what happened. What's worse, he is forced to call on old skills he learned as a soldier to defend himself when something, what appears to be an actual, real zombie, attacks him.
The valleys are no longer safe and the only people he can find are a trio that claim they've come from the northern polar regions of Dis. They must work together to fight for survival and somehow find a way off of this hellish planet...