The lines. No ship can traverse the void without them. Only linesmen
can work with them. But only Ean Lambert hears their song. And
everyone thinks he’s crazy…
Most slum kids never go far, certainly not becoming a level-ten
linesman like Ean. Even if he’s part of a small, and unethical,
cartel, and the other linesmen disdain his self-taught methods, he’s
certified and working.
Then a mysterious alien ship is discovered at the edges of the
galaxy. Each of the major galactic powers is desperate to be the
first to uncover the ship’s secrets, but all they’ve learned is that
it has the familiar lines of energy—and a defense system that, once
triggered, annihilates everything in a 200 kilometer radius.
The vessel threatens any linesman who dares to approach it, except
Ean. His unique talents may be the key to understanding this
alarming new force—and reconfiguring the relationship between humans
and the ships that serve them, forever.