The long interstellar war between the Placers and the alien Xarrt race is over. Everyone should embrace peace, but warship captain Rakkel is battling his emotions, facing a future that is anxiously unfamiliar. A disgruntled Xarrt warrior holds his ship in ambush, not wanting the war to end. He attacks a defenceless outpost, killing thousands. The news enrages Leader of the Placers, Izah, and he instructs that Rakkel be set to catch this traitor. A religious leader, Ar-Bekan, rallies his followers. The end of the war gives them the opportunity to reach out into space and seek the mythical land of their forefathers. War orphan Mavina has nothing to lose and joins the daring band of stowaways. More than one person holds a secret, more than one seeks a truth, and more than one is in denial. Is this really peace? If it is, how many endings and how many beginnings does it nurture?