Jasper van Ruiker is an elderly algae farmer, drafted
into the local militia to defend his village from the
invading Tenners. Lieutenant Castor “Mountie” Klocek is
a Navy pilot, shot down during an air-to-ground mission.
Lance Corporal Javier Julio Gregory Portillo and
Sergeant Gary Go are Marine combat engineers, the only
survivors of a deep-recon mission to destroy a bridge.
All four are thrust together by chance, and they must
learn to work together if they are going to survive,
Jasper to search for his wife and grandchildren who fled
their destroyed village, and the three servicemen to
reach Federation forces far to the north.
Surrounded by enemy troops, they have to decide what
“duty” means. Do they attempt to avoid the enemy and
exfiltrate to friendly territory to live and fight
another day, or do they aggressively prosecute the war
despite overwhelming odds?
This novel is set in the United Federation Marine Corps
universe, 200 years before the previous series. It is a
stand-alone book that does not directly tie into any of
the other UFMC novels.