The planet Haven slides ever closer to rebellion. In the shadows, groups of colonists meet in secret, planning, organizing. Their grievances are many, and talk of open revolt, even of a struggle for independence, is growing louder.
Everett Wells, the planetary governor, has tried to compromise with the rebels, but his efforts have failed to stem the tide toward open defiance. Now Federal America has sent Asha Stanton, a ruthless federal operative, to quell the budding insurgency. Stanton is prepared to do whatever it takes, including unleashing the psychopathic Colonel Robert Semmes, the commander of her soldiers, on the Havenites.
Damian Ward is a retired veteran and war hero, and one of Haven’s most beloved inhabitants. He has watched events on his adopted world with growing apprehension. Ward sympathizes with his friends and neighbors and their struggle for freedom, but he is loath to take up arms against Federal America, against the flag he fought to defend. That is until Stanton’s reign of terror hits home and threatens those closest to him. Then Ward does what he must, raising the standard of rebellion and rallying the rest of Haven’s veterans to the cause.
Yet Ward, the battle-scarred warrior, knows that even if Haven’s freedom fighters defeat the federalists, the rebellion is far from over—it’s only just begun.