In northern Sweden, the son of local cop Kennet Carlsson comes across the body of Andreas Lindt, a crewman listed as being aboard the Fleet ship Belgrade, over 250 million miles away. Another ship is sent from Earth to search for this missing vessel. Escaping the apparently doomed ship, Lieutenant Enna Dacourt is forced to pilot a shuttle towards an inconsequential asteroid. Her captor is Andreas Lindt. In New York, a murderer is found dead. His accomplice takes flight towards the border, fearing that unseen powers are at work. At a chateau in rural France, two men await a signal that will determine the fate of their unsuspecting hosts. Soon, Enna discovers that the luck of her escape is nothing of the sort. She is a pawn in a scheme that a powerful man cannot afford to lose.