Today, at the centre of our galaxy, dwell small colonies of a most extraordinary species – humans. Snatched from planet earth by slave traders they have a habit of escaping and finding more of their own kind. Now their unique qualities have begun changing the course of galactic history. Fourteen-year-old Mervyn Bright possesses no special powers or advantages. He has courage, tenacity, and three close friends from the Space Academy: Loren, a brilliant but despised out-worlder, Tarun, heir to a once-powerful dynasty, and Aurora, niece to the embattled Patriarch. Together they make a formidable team.