2457 AD. The longest space voyage in history has begun: 230 light years from a ravaged Earth to the pristine star system of New Eden -- a beacon of hope following the Doom Star days. Aboard the ship are human colonizers, the Space Navy, fierce "Monitors" once bred to fight Cyborgs, and four "Specials" -- humans with psionic abilities, capable of ripping holes in space to jump vast distances. But one Special has his own agenda and when an alien presence makes an offer he can't refuse, the entire mission takes a deadly turn. Cyrus Gant, a former Dust-dealing gang member from Earth's subterranean slums, is onto the renegade Special. And while his psi powers aren't as strong as he might like, Cyrus's street smarts more than make up for this seeming disadvantage. This will be crucial, because as the ship makes the final, frightening leap toward New Eden, Cyrus is everyone's last hope for survival.