Long before the destruction of the antediluvian world, a band of humans fled Earth to live among the stars. They are the Nanyanin, and now, thousands of years after the ancient deluge, their descendants are spread throughout the galaxy.
Jake Connolly lives among the Nanyanin, though he is not one of them. When an ancient house seeks his life for the actions of his ancestors, he must rely on Silorè and her family to protect him. Meanwhile, Ilavè—leader of the same house that seeks Jake’s life—is seeking out the the seed of the Atsari—the Tree of Life—which will restore her ailing father and plunge the galaxy into war.