|Author||Orson Scott Card & Aaron Johnston|
|Pages||368 (hardcover edition)|
|Followed by|| Earth Afire|
The mining ship El Cavador is far out from Earth, in the deeps of the Kuiper Belt, beyond Pluto. Other mining ships, and the families that live on them, are few and far between this far out. So when El Cavador’s telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system, it’s hard to know what to make of it. It’s massive and moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light.
El Cavador has other problems. Their systems are old and failing. The family is getting too big for the ship. There are claim-jumping corporate ships bringing Asteroid Belt tactics to the Kuiper Belt. Worrying about a distant object that might or might not be an alien ship seems…not important.
They’re wrong. It’s the most important thing that has happened to the human race in a million years. The first Formic War is about to begin.
Warning: Plot or ending details follow
Victor Delgado, alias "Vico" is a 15 year old kid that lives with his family in a mining ship called El Cavador, meaning the digger. He is shocked to learn that her best friend Alejandra was leaving with the italian ship. He later learns he was the reason that the family has come to that decision. They were afraid that the friendship was something else.
On earth, a negotiation is happening with the New Zealand army. An international elite force called MOPS are recruiting the elite from their army to include on their global team.
At the same time in Luna, an accountant is working on a case that could mean the uncover of many millions of credits in tax evasion from the largest company in the world.